By; JABIRU A. HASSAN, Kano
Farmers in Kano State have said that the recent rehabilitation of some earth dams by the Department of Climate Change, under on-farm water harvesting structure of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has facilitated irrigation around through rehabilitated dams which reduce urban migrations by the teaming youth.
They made the observations in an interview with our correspondent at Kunnawa Dam, one of the repaired earth dams in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, adding that urban migration resulted from the lack of availability of things to do, and the issue of migrations is now reducing because most of the youth now engage in irrigation which seems to be a good channel of economic progress and peaceful co-existence in the country as everybody has something to do.
Malam Abdulmudallib, a farmer who had a chat with our correspondent disclosed that “we are now busy planting vegatables around Kunnawa Earth Dam, and I am certain that next time, this place would be used to grow rice and wheat because the area is fertile while our youth are ready to opt into active farming especially at present when the Buhari administration is trying to boost agriculture at both dry and rainy seasons”. he stated.
The farmer lamented that before the rehabilitation of Kunnawa Dam, there was no source of water that could be used for irrigation activities, but since the dam was repaired and put into active use for both farmers and herdsmen as all the two sides are now using the dam as seen.
He advised the youth of the area to commence dry season farming around the dam for their economic development and food production.
Similarly, Haruna Muhammad of Waddau Village told New Nigerian that they are happy with what the Federal Ministry of Agriculture did for them, and called on the farmers aroud the dam to embark on active farming because the place will accomodate many farmers as seen at the beginning.
He urged the chairman of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council to expand the dam and it’s embankment to safeguard the water from escaping.
Our correspondent reports that irrigation activities have been restored around the dam, while there is more cordial relationship between the farmers that have farms around the dam and the herdsmen that are settled in the area, which is another landmark achievement from the Federal Government of Nigeria.