Leadership (Abuja)

17 November 2012

Nigeria: FG Reserves 3,000 Hectares for Irrigation Farming in Jibia - VP

The Federal Government says it has reserved 3,000 hectares for dry season farming under the Jibia irrigation project in Katsina State.

It said the development was geared towards enhancing agricultural production and food security in the country.

Vice President Namadi Sambo said this on Saturday in Batsari, Katsina State, when he visited areas affected by the recent flood in the state.

Sambo said the government would assist farmers with improved inputs to achieve the desired goal.

He said the step was in line with the government's commitment toward filling the deficit in food production created by floods in many parts of the country.

Sambo said the Federal Government had released N300 million to assist flood victims in the state, adding: "The government sincerely condoles with the families of those who died in the disaster".

Earlier, Gov. Ibrahim Shema had said that seven persons lost their lives to flood in the state, adding that properties estimated at N1 billion were destroyed.

According to him, over 10,000 people are affected by the flood in 18 local government areas of the state.

Shema, however, expressed delight with the assistance rendered by the Federal Government so far and called for more assistance to ameliorate the suffering of the displaced persons.

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