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FG unveils participatory irrigation model to drive efficiency

Irrigation driving crop yield

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has introduced a Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) model to ensure the involvement of farmers in irrigation schemes.

The Director, Irrigation and Drainage, Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the ongoing workshop on, Establishment and Strengthening of Water Users Associations (WUAs) for the Management of Public Irrigation Schemes, is aimed at sustaining all current measures towards transforming irrigation management in Nigeria.

According to her, efforts of the present administration have seen the establishment of a well-structured Water Users Associations (WUAs) at the irrigation scheme levels.

This, she noted, was reflected in the resultant Irrigation Institutional and Management framework being propagated by the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, had earlier reiterated the importance of irrigation and food security in the socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Nigeria.

The programme is aimed at meeting the government’s cardinal programme on poverty reduction, integrated rural development, employment generation, good environment management, and food security.

Adamu, represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, said the programme is aimed at meeting the government’s cardinal programme on poverty reduction, integrated rural development, employment generation, good environment management, and food security.

He reiterated the Government’s commitment to massively invest in the irrigation sub-sector to make Nigeria food and water secure, by moving from drought-prone, rain-fed to irrigated agriculture.

He said this would promote self-sufficiency and poverty reduction, adding that the Ministry had identified the irrigation sub-sector as one of the key policy thrusts of the Federal Government to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.

He added that the collaborative effort of the Ministry and the World Bank in carrying out the TRIMING Project’s intervention in selected irrigation schemes across Nigeria had acted as a model for other schemes.

He added that it would help to address rural poverty through progressive management transfer to regulated bodies in the form of Water Users Associations.

He said the full scale operationalisation of WUAs by farmers would aid improved performance of the irrigation sub-sector with multiplier effects in efficient financial uses, sense of ownership of irrigation systems, among others.

Participants at the workshop include: government officials, members of the academia, irrigation stakeholders, traditional rulers, farmers, young professionals’ forum and country representatives among others. (NAN)

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