By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project is to achieve food security through sustainable growth in irrigated agricultural production and productivity as well as raise the income of agricultural labour force.
This was disclosed by the Secretary of Change Management Committee (CMC) of the TRIMING Project, Malam Lawal Maidoki at a Town Hall meeting for irritation farmers held in Talata Mafara Zamfara state.
Maidoki said TRIMING project if well annexed will improve farmers access to irrigation and drainage services and also strengthen arrangements for Water Resources management thereby improve food production in the country.
“The Bakolori irrigation project in Zamfara state covers 22, 000 heaters of irrigable land which if properly cultivated can lead to food security in the state and country hence the need to improve the capacity of the farmers through enlightenment and education,” he said.
He said the TRIMING new approach of involving the farmers in the management of irrigation sites and equipment is paying as the farmers now have faith in the system as they know they are stakeholders in the project.
Also in her speech, TRIMING Project’s Communication Specialist, Engr. Anthea Udo said the project is part of federal government’s plan to diversify the economy and improve the welfare of farmers.
“The development objective of the project is support and improve agricultural productivity in selected large scale public schemes in Nigeria through institutional arrangements and access to irrigation and drainage services including value chains with active involvement of stakeholders,” she said.
The TRIMING Project is a Federal Ministry of Water Resources project supported by the World Bank to improve Irrigation System Management in four schemes in Northern Nigeria which includes the Bakalori Irrigation Scheme in Zamfara State.