Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: Katsina Drills 1,315 Water Wells for Irrigation Farmers

The Katsina State government has drilled 1,315 wash bores and tube wells to facilitate irrigation activities and enhance agricultural activities, an official said.

Alhaji Abashe Sa'idu, the Managing Director of Katsina State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KTARDA), announced this at a stakeholders' meeting on irrigation in Katsina yesterday.

He said in Funtua zone 79 tube wells and 58 wash bores were drilled, while in Daura zone 506 tube wells and two wash bores were drilled for the farmers.

"In Katsina zone 662 tube wells and eight wash bores were drilled to ensure irrigation farmers get adequate water to enhance their productivity," Sa'idu said.

According to him, the facilities were provided based on the request of the farmers, who paid 10 per cent of the cost. However, Sa'idu did not give the exact unit cost of the facilities.

He expressed the state government's readiness to provide more of the facilities on request by the farmers.

In his address, the State's Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Musa Adamu, said that the state government had drilled 134 wash bores and tube wells across the 34 local government areas of the state.

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