Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has identified seven pilot communities for his administration’s irrigation plan.
This project aims to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda for national food security.
He made this known in Mafa on Wednesday, noting that the communities that would be benefitting from the project include Gajibo in Dikwa, Jafi in Kwaya Kusar, Baga in Kukawa, Logumani in Ngala, Damasak in Mobbar, Dadin Kowa in Bayo and Mafa Local Government Areas.
He said, “You can see the establishment of the Mafa irrigation scheme has started; we have so far identified a number of farmers, and we have provided them with agricultural inputs. We intend to engage at least 10% of the communities, especially in the dry season farming.
“Our focus is to drive President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda. We will engage in wheat farming, among other valuable crops. Most importantly, we want to see how we can improve the livelihoods of members of the communities.”
During his visit, Zulum inspected facilities, including fully solar-powered free-flow deep aquifer boreholes with a 30 litres per second discharge capacity and about 2.4 million litres capacity earth dam.