The Katsina State Government, in collaboration with an Indian company, will soon construct a 70 million-U.S.-dollar irrigation dam in Gwagwaye, Faskari Local Government Area of the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu, the Managing Director of Katsina Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KATARDA), disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Katsina.
Shehu said: “ABC India Ltd. has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Katsina State Government on the dam project.
“The Katsina State Government will provide the land for the construction of the dam and irrigation farms, while the Indian company will construct the dam and install its irrigation facilities in the area.
“The state government and the Indian firm had concluded the signing all the documents for the commencement of the project.’’
Shehu also said that the Indian firm would support the efforts of farmers in the area to cultivate wheat, rice, cotton, maize and groundnut with improved varieties of seedlings.
He said that the Indian firm would also provide tomato, onion and pepper seedlings for farmers in the area.
“The Faskari Local Government Area, where the dam would be constructed, has a very fertile land where all kinds of agricultural produce can be cultivated,’’ he said.
Shehu called on all the citizens of the state to support Gov. Aminu Masari’s administration so as to encourage it to provide more dividends of democracy for them.
The Katsina State Government entered into an agreement with Mahindra Company of India in July 2017 for the production and supply of tractors to farmers boost food production in the state.
In the meantime, World food prices fell in December from the month before, as dairy, vegetable oils and sugar values declined sharply, the UN food agency said on Thursday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 169.8 points in December, down 3.3 per cent from November.
In 2017 the index averaged 174.6 points, up 8.2 per cent from 2016, reaching its highest annual value since 2014 although food on international markets was still 24 percent cheaper than in 2011.