Nigeria To Build Dams For Irrigation In All States

ABUJA, Jan 6 (BERNAMA-NNN-NAN) -- Nigeria's Federal Government has announced that it will construct no fewer than 10 lakes and dams in each of the country's 36 states to boost irrigated farming in 2017.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed the plan here Thursday in Abuja while highlighting some of the proposed 2017 plans to boost agricultural production in the country.

He noted that Oyo State had no fewer than 22 dams which were not utilised, while Ogun state had 12, Kano state 23 and Imo state had many moribund lakes and dams, which would be cleaned up and put to use in 2017.

The minister added that the Goronyo, Bakalori, Shagari dams, which had been abandoned, would be cleaned up and used for irrigation farming.

Ogbeh said the government would also distribute fertilizer and chemicals to farmers for dry season farming, adding that the Federal Government was expecting the delivery of a large tonnage of fertilizer within the next few weeks.

Some other agricultural activities to be embarked upon this year would include improving cattle breeds, establishing cattle colonies in states to confine cows in a place, procuring rice for distribution to communities, vegetable oil mills, tractors and improved seeds.

Cashew nut processing factories would also be established in the country to facilitate the export of cashew nuts.