FG loan out 50,000 hectares of lands to commercial farmers.

The Federal Government  has loan out 50,000 hectares of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to commercial farmers to boost agricultural production in it.

Engr Suleiman Adamu  said the Minister of Water Resources made the disclosure during a briefing in Abuja.

He said that the FG has revitalised the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to boost agricultural production through all year farming, in order to ensure food security, create jobs and achieve integrated rural development in the country.

According to what he said 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 for them to use it to farm.

While enumerating his achievements in office the Minister said in pursuant of the sectorial roadmap, 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 also explained that the bill will avail farmers more access to irrigation management provide a regulatory framework for private sector participation in water supply delivery, and partnership on urban Water scheme, in the area of operation and maintenance in the farm land.

The National WASH Action Plan has the primary objective of ensuring that everyone living in Nigeria has access to Sustainable and safety managed WASH services by 2030, in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for water (Goal 6.1) and Sanitation (Goal 6.2).

He said the implementation of the National Wash Action Plan will also reinforce the vision of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) initiative launched in November 2016 and has so far been endorsed by twenty state Governments in the country.

Among the achievements highlighted by Adamu included the completion of about seventeen abandoned water supply, dam irrigation projects located all over the country and planned completion of many more projects ahead.