The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will provide Nigeria with a funding of US$350,000. The funding aims to promote drip irrigation in the country, which uses less water and electricity.
The funding of US$350,000 is part of the technical cooperation programme of FAO member countries. In addition to providing farmers with modern irrigation systems, the funds will also help build the institutional capacity of Nigeria’s existing river basin authorities.
The project will be implemented until December 2022, especially involving Niger State. In order to achieve this goal, the feasibility and detailed design study of the implementation of drip irrigation system will be completed. Officials from the Nigerian Ministry of Water Resources will support the installation process of these systems until commissioning and testing are carried out on the project site.
"The project will identify and replace the flood irrigation system with an efficient water-saving and power-saving drip irrigation system," said Suleyman Hussein Adamu, Nigeria's Federal Minister of Water Resources.
In order to save water resources, the Nigerian Federal Government is also promoting central axis irrigation. This is a form of elevated irrigation that replicates artificial rainfall. It is suitable for flat land like northern Nigeria. However, it is not suitable for growing certain grains that require a lot of water, such as rice. In 2019, Kebbi and Zamfara states benefited from nine central pivot irrigation systems. The new facility is improving agricultural production in the Sokoto-Rima River Basin.