FG graduate youth farmers empowerment scheme in Bakolori
It would be recalled that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources flagged off 7 Graduates Youth Farmers Empowerment schemes in the nation 7 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) last year.
The Bakolori Irrigation scheme of Sokoto Rima Basin Development Authority was one of such schemes flagged off in October, 2016 by the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Rabi S. Jimeta, mni.
The Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE, who was on inspection visit to the project site expressed his happiness and satisfaction that the pilot scheme had started yielding results. “I am really impressed with the level of work going on in this project; we must maintain that tempo of the work done. In the last 30 years which successive governments could not maintain the developmental stride”, he said. He added that he was better informed and appreciated all the challenges and promised and promised to resolve them soon.
The Bakolori Irrigation Project, Talata Mafara is the first stage in the implementation of the development for irrigation purposes, flood control, recharging of aquifers in catchment areas and also electricity generation. The dam has the potential of impounding 450 million cubic meters of water meant for all year round irrigation and domestic water supply to many parts of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states at present.
Explaining to the minister of the success story, the Project Manager, Muhammad Lawal Maidoki attributed parts of the success of the project to the intervention of TRIMMING. He said, “The Project succeeded in becoming the first Irrigation scheme in the 12 River Basins to be considered for pilot intervention of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the World Bank that include total rehabilitation of existing gravity system and conversion of sprinkler to gravity irrigation totaling 13,000 Hectares, out of the 23,000 Hectares of the project .”
He added that the TRIMMING intervention in Baolori has made remarkable progress in dam operations and safety improvement studies, assessment of the irrigation infrastructures repairs of the dilapidated irrigation structures and it has enhanced agricultural productivity support to value chains.
He thanked the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, the Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority and TRIMMING for their support in running the scheme.
Margaret E. Umoh (Mrs.)