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Irrigation: Kano Govt releases water from Watari dam

By Rabiu Sani-Ali

The Kano State government released water from the Watari Dam, to allow irrigation activities to continue in Bagwai, Bichi local government areas and surrounding areas.

This is contained in a statement released Friday by Amin Yassar, communications specialist, Kano State Agro Pastrol Development Project (KSADP) in Kano.

KSADP said the released water was reactivated after about 40% of the desalination, clearance and canal rehabilitation of the Watari Dam were completed.

The project, according to the state government, was awarded to MM. Hajaig Nigeria Limited for an amount of N 315 million.

He said the project was designed to improve access to water resources to enable farmers in Bagwai and Bichi to engage in dry and rainy season activities.

KSADP said there are 2,600 hectares of land for growing rice, wheat, pulses and vegetables.

KSADP project director Ibrahim Garba-Muhamnad also said it was a difficult decision to stop the water spill on the farms given the multitude of farmers whose livelihoods depend on the dam.

“Community participation is the key to the success of government policies and projects like this one. I am happy that you are involved in the work from what we have seen during our visits in the past, ”he said.

In addition, Dr Junaid Yakubu-Muhammad, director general of the Kano State Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), said the agency will distribute fertilizers, seeds and sprayers to 100 farmers selected in the Watari plantation.

Malam Ibrahim Sani, one of the farmers, congratulated the Kano State government, KSADP and development partners for the project, adding that the project would be “a shining legacy in the state”. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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