KNSG to Boost Irrigation Farming with Over 20 Dams

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By Mustapha Salisu

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has pledged to judiciously utilize over 20 existing dams in the state to boost irrigation farming and supplement the rainy season.

The governor made the pledge on Tuesday at the State Government House while receiving the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph T. Utsev, who is in Kano on a familiarization visit.

Received by his deputy, Comr. Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, the governor said the move aims to provide food and cash crops for industries, provide employment for rural communities, improve livestock activities, reduce flooding incidences, and provide recreational centers across the state.

While assuring of total cooperation with the Water Ministry, the governor assured that the state government is on the process of developing over 1,000 hectares of land at Watari, Thomas, and Jakara Irrigation schemes.

Earlier speaking, the Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph T. Utsev, said he is in Kano on a familiarization visit to view the activities of agencies and parastatals under his ministry, such as the Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority (HJRBDA).

He noted that the collaboration with the state government will pave the way for providing portable drinking water for the people of Kano State as well as boost irrigation farming and other water-inclined activities.

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