The Federal Government has announced a major investment in irrigation systems to boost food production in the country.
This announcement was made during the 5-day National Workshop of the Nigerian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NINCID) in Kano, themed, “The role of Irrigation and Drainage Practices for Food Security in Nigeria”.
The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, represented by, Oyeronke Oluniyi, Director of Irrigation and Drainage, highlighted the shift toward sustainable land and water management, focusing on irrigation and drainage to address challenges such as land degradation, deforestation and climate change.
The Government aims to secure long-term water resource sustainability, ensuring water supply for homes, industries and agriculture nationwide.
Nigeria’s potential irrigation capacity of 3.14 million hectares positions it as a key host for the upcoming prestigious ICID-Africa Regional Conference in 2025.
The workshop brought together stakeholders from various sectors, including Abbar Kabir Yusuf, the governor of Kano State, policymakers, agricultural experts and farmers, to discuss advancements in irrigation technology and practices.
Didi Walson-Jack, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, emphasized the role of NINCID in fostering dialogue among policymakers and operators, encouraging participants to provide recommendations towards achieving food security and poverty alleviation.
Peter Manjuk, the National Programme Coordinator of the Triming Project, emphasized the project’s positive impact on food production and improved livelihoods in Kano and Hadejia Valley regions.
By investing in irrigation infrastructure and technology, the federal government is expecting to achieve greater food security, reduce poverty and create employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The workshop included the inauguration of Water Users Association Desks Officers, enhancing coordination between the national office and River Basin Development Authorities.