As part of efforts aimed at unraveling agricultural potentials in rural areas, the Ministry of Agriculture has flagged off the construction and resuscitation of 22 rural roads across seven States under the IFAD-assisted climate change adaptation and agri-business support programme (CASP).
The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who made this known in Katsina, said the goal of the programme was to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, accelerate sustainable economic growth and reduce vulnerability of smallholder farmers.
Ogbeh further identified the participating states as Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, adding that the project would benefit 7,000 people in the selected states.
The minister who disclosed that a total of 4,000 hectares of range lands would be developed to cater for the pastoral requirements of 3,000 herdsmen, noted that the project would commence with a pilot of 50 hectares per state.
According to him, some of the measures that would be implemented under the programme include; provision of 997 solar-powered boreholes to benefit 5,000 people, establishment of 3,000 hectares of community woodlot, shelter-belts and afforestation of the fast depleting vegetation across the participating states.
Ogbeh added that the Federal Government was committed to providing critical rural infrastructure to reduce poverty level among rural dwellers and create an enabling environment for the restoration of the rural economy.
He therefore urged the benefiting communities to ensure regular maintenance of the rural roads to achieve a long-lasting life span.