President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday in Auyo, Jigawa State, Nigeria’s agricultural revolution is real and on course.
He spoke at an event marking the commencement of the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6,000-hectare Hadejia Valley irrigation project in the state.
President Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also assured Nigerians that his administration would sustain the positive momentum in the sector by implementing the right policies and providing the needed financial resources for people-oriented projects.
The President, who is in Jigawa State for a two-day working visit, expressed delight that the Federal Government’s economic diversification and inclusive growth programmes were yielding positive results, particularly in key food-producing states.
He applauded the World Bank’s assistance to the project, which when completed would increase water availability for all-season farming in the state and beyond.
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said works on the Phase One of the project which started during the administration of ex- President Shehu Shagari and received funding under the Petroleum Special Trust Fund had suffered frequent abandonment due to lack of funds.
Adamu said with N9.6 billion allocated under the $495 million World Bank-assisted Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project in five different irrigation locations in Nigeria, the project would be completed by 2021.
‘‘By the time the project is finished in three years, there would be about 6,000 hectares of farmland and the Jigawa State Government also plans to key into the project that will benefit over 25,000 farmers,’’ the minister said.