As part of efforts targeted at improving agricultural production in the country, the Federal Government has rented out 50,000 hectares of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) lands to commercial farmers.
Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu who disclosed this during a briefing in Abuja said the move was part of Federal Government’s drive aimed at ensuring food security in Nigeria.
According to Adamu, “The River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) have been revitalised to deliver its mandate to boost agricultural production through all year farming, ensure food security, create jobs and achieve integrated rural development.”
“For the most underutilised land in the river basins, we have invited commercial farmers to take them over; now we have leased over 50,000 hectares of RBDA land all over the country to them.” He added
The Minister stressed that the National Water Resources bill which is presently at the National Assembly, when passed into law will provide greater farmers participation in irrigation farming.
He explained further that the bill will make irrigation management more accessible to farmers and also provide a regulatory framework for private sector participation in water supply delivery.