Yobe State government has pledged to empower farmers in Nguru and Muguram with an irrigation scheme before the end of the year.
Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Mustapha Gajirema who made this known, said the construction of channels to provide farmers with water from the Nguru lake was almost completed. He added that the aim of the Irrigation Task Force project is to enhance food security in the state and help to improve the nation’s economy.
“The project is designed to make farming an all year round activity where farmers will be switching off from wet season farming to irrigation and vice versa. The 35 hectares rice irrigation trail project in Muguram village and the maize farm in Jumbam village recorded bumper harvests,” he said.
To expand the irrigation scheme, the commissioner stated that 500 hectares of arable land in Nguru and another 400 hectares in Muguram have been set aside, while assuring of government’s support to farmers with inputs for boosting production.
Gajirema noted that wheat would be cultivated between November and March, while rice would be cultivated between April and October. He warned farmers against selling off all their produce before assuring that government would utilise the Strategic Grains Reserve programme to sell during scarcity.