Sokoto State Government has secured N4.8 billion loan from the African Development Bank ( ADB) for
the completion of the Kware Irrigation Scheme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the money would be used to develop the scheme targeted at producing more than 600,000 tonnes of rice annually and provide basic infrastructure to some communities.
Work on the irrigation scheme would run for the next five years and is expected to provide irrigable land to about 200, 000 farmers.
A statement issued on Wednesday in Sokoto by the State Ministry of Agriculture, indicated that Gov. Aminu Tambuwal had since approved the payment of N91.4 million as the state’s counterpart contribution for the project.
The statement signed by the ministry’s spokesman, Mr Shehu Goronyo explained that the project also entailed the construction of feeder roads, establishment of two modern markets and rehabilitation of some hospitals and five primary schools in the area.
“A seven-man committee under Alhaji Aminu Dogon-Daji, the state programmes officer of the International Fund for Agricultural Development project – IFAD had since been set up by the state government.
” It is aimed at ensuring the speedy take off of the project according to the ADB guidelines and in tune with the state’s subsisting agricultural policies.
” The loan was secured in the bid to support and encourage farmers to produce more food for subsistence and sale,” it said.