The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources under the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project, has handed over 12 additional rehabilitated irrigation sectors totalling 7,521 hectares to farmers at Kano River Irrigation Scheme (KRIS), Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority.

The handing-over ceremony was performed at the Shagari Briefing Centre, Imawa town in Imawa Kina Local Government Area of Kano State.

Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, who spoke via zoom, explained that the Kano River Irrigation Scheme (KRIS) is one of the five existing irrigation schemes being rehabilitated and expanded by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources under the Trimming Project, which is supported by the World Bank.

He said the newly completed sectors covering an area of 5, 190 hectares are the ones being handed over to farmers, adding that a total number of 25 sectors which cover a total area of 7,521 hectares have been completed and handed over to farmers so far.

This was contained in a statement by Mrs. Kenechukwu Offie, Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

Adamu reiterated that in line with the principles of TRIMING, the Water Users Associations (WUAs) have been supported by employing Officers to man the sectoral offices towards achieving proper Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of irrigation systems with the intention of empowering farming communities around TRIMING Project Irrigation Schemes.

Adamu further said consultative meetings were held severally at all the TRIMING Schemes to discuss extensively the guidelines on Irrigation Service Fee collection and its attendant relationship with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of the Federal Government.

He noted that some successes have been recorded on this task, adding that it would be replicated in all public irrigation schemes nationwide.

He, therefore, charged the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to ensure that farmers and their Associations take their new responsibilities with a steady grip by keeping the canals, drains, roads, culverts and other infrastructure that are handed over to them in perfect working condition at all times to justify the huge investment of time and resources used in the training of farmers, their associations and RBDA’s staff.

He further reiterated that the entire TRIMING Project is an experimental exercise by the Ministry, which is intended to be rolled out to other RBDAs across the country on successful completion and reporting on the performance of the project at the first instance.

Adamu stated that the contribution of the Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority’s management towards the performance of the management transfer process which is from government-controlled to farmer-managed would, therefore, guide the future decision of the government as regards the involvement of other RBDAs in transferring the management of irrigation systems from government-owned and controlled to the farmer-managed system.

Earlier, the Managing Director of Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority, Maamun Dau Aliyu, harped on the significance of the Federal Government irrigation farming system as a viable Project that would make farmers busy all year round.

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