HJRBDA, farm­ers col­lab­o­rate to en­hance farm­ing

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - By Shehu Abubakar

Farm­ers who are into mass agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion un­der ir­ri­ga­tion scheme at the Kadawa ir­ri­ga­tion area in Kano State have said that though the area is widely be­lieved to be the largest ir­ri­ga­tion pro­duc­ing area in the coun­try, they could still en­hance their agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion if the chan­nels pro­vid­ing their farms with wa­ter are cleared.

Speak­ing through the state chair­man of All Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Al­haji Yusuf Nad­abo Chi­ro­mawa, farm­ers in the area said free flow of ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter to their farms is ob­structed due to grasses that grew along the wa­ter chan­nel and is block­ing the wa­ter from reach­ing their farms. They call on the Hadeja/Jama’are River Basin De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (HJRBDA) to ad­dress the mat­ter.

Al­haji Chi­ro­mawa said though there is enough wa­ter in Tiga and other dams pro­vid­ing the area with wa­ter, not enough wa­ter reaches the farm­lands be­cause of the sev­eral grasses that the chan­nels.

He said be­cause of the in­ter­ven­tion of the state govern­ment in agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, so many people are get­ting in­volved in farm­ing and the farm­lands at Kadawa ir­ri­ga­tion area is fast be­com­ing in­ad­e­quate for the farm­ers in the state.

“You can see that all the farm­lands are merged to­gether. There is no more roads for farm­ers to con­vey pro­duce from their farms to the mar­ket with­out pass­ing through other peo­ples farms. In the orig­i­nal plan, there are roads in be­tween farms. Those roads have been en­croached. They no more ex­ist. We want the river basin author­ity to re-de­mar­cate those roads.

“The author­ity should also clear the grasses block­ing the chan­nels. Wa­ter is no more flow­ing freely to our farms and that is why you dis­cover that some farm­ers have to buy gen­er­a­tors for the pump­ing of wa­ter to their farms. It is not sup­pose to be so. The chan­nels are de­signed to sup­ply wa­ter to the en­tire farm­lands with­out nec­es­sar­ily us­ing pump­ing ma­chines.

“These are the com­mon­est prob­lems dis­turb­ing most farm­ers in the state. These are prob­lems that the river basin author­ity can ad­dress. They had started clear­ing the grasses be­fore they stopped mid­way. If they can clear all the grasses in the wa­ter­ways to pro­vide for the free flow of wa­ter and de­mar­cate roads for us in a way that we can move our farm pro­duce with­out en­croach­ing into other peo­ples’ farms, we shall be okay,” he said.

When con­tacted for com­ments, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Hadeja/Jama’are River Basin De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, Al­haji Abdu Dahiru said the river basin has made it manda­tory to en­sure that ev­ery­thing ca­pa­ble of en­hanc­ing farm­ing ac­tiv­ity at the ir­ri­ga­tion area is done to as­sist the farm­ers achieve their aim.

“It is a fact that we do cut the grasses along the wa­ter­ways to al­low for free flow of wa­ter. We have now ac­quired the ma­chine specif­i­cally meant for that job and that will make it very easy for us to be clear­ing the grasses. That is not a prob­lem es­pe­cially with the ma­chine at our dis­posal.

“The en­tire ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties at Kadawa have room for de­vel­op­ment and we shall not hes­i­tate to de­velop it to cater for larger farm­lands if the farm­ers re­quire that. We are al­ways in touch with the farm­ers to know what they want and we are ever ready to do ev­ery­thing they re­quire that is within our man­date to make sure we en­hance agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion in the area,” said.

Al­haji Dahiru said of­fi­cials of the river basin are very much in touch with the farm­ers and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties un­der the Kadawa ir­ri­ga­tion area where the author­ity grant the farm­ers ev­ery as­sis­tance and sup­port to­wards en­sur­ing en­hanced agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­ity.

The author­ity should also clear the grasses block­ing the chan­nels. Wa­ter is no more flow­ing freely to our farms and that is why you dis­cover that some farm­ers have to buy gen­er­a­tors for the pump­ing of wa­ter to their farms. It is not sup­pose to be so. The chan­nels are de­signed to sup­ply wa­ter to the en­tire farm­lands

Alh. Abdu Dahiru Alh. Yusuf Nad­abo Chi­ro­mawa

Cleared por­tion of Kadawa ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels

Weeds block­ing part of the Kadawa ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels

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