To support 500,000 villagers with solar powered boreholes
From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Federal Government in partnership with the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) on Monday flagged-off construction of 22 rural roads in seven Northern States in the country.
The road projects meant to link farms to the market is being constructed in the participating states including Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.
Aside, IFAD Climate Change Adaptation & Agribusiness Support, IFAD-CASP-FGN project is expected to provide 997 solar powered boreholes to benefit about 500,000 vulnerable people.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu, at the flag-off in Katsina also inaugurated community Rangelands rehabilitation, livestock drinking points and the reconstruction of erosion prone market roads in the FGN- IFAD-CASP participating states.
He noted that the projects are part of IFAD assisted programme being executed to support the rural dwellers.
Ogbeh said it entire project will benefit about 7 million people.
According to him, “the overall development goal of the programme is reducing rural poverty; increasing food security, accelerating sustainable economic growth and reducing vulnerability of smallholder farmers, particularly women and young people.
“The projects, flagged off today include 22 rural roads covering a distance of 59.09km. In total, 375km of earthen roads would be rehabilitated while a total of 243km of new rural roads would be constructed. This is expected to benefit at least 7million people across these states.
“Additionally, water harvesting & soil/water conservation infrastructure would be provided to improve water harvesting on farmlands of beneficiaries.”
“We are providing these critical infrastructure which the present administration recognises as a tool for poverty reduction in the rural areas, alleviation of the suffering of the rural dwellers and creation of an enabling environment for the rejuvenation of the rural economy.
“With a total of 4,000 hectares of cultivated Range lands and livestock watering points to reduce the friction between farmers and herders occasioned by the loss of forage due to the effect of climate change.”