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Rice production: World Bank, AfDB to assist Jigawa govt

Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Muhammadu  Abubakar, has said that the World Bank, h as   pledged  to assist the state  government    to dredge    River Hadejia   so as to improve irrigation and rice production in the state.

The governor  said  this while receiving the Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi,  during a  visit to the   Government House, Dutse, the state capital, on Thursday.

The World Bank  has  interest in  the project due to the  availability of  fertile land in the area, coupled with the state government’s commitment to agriculture and rice production policy,” he said.

“The World Bank in collaboration with the  International Development Agency (IDA), would expand  irrigation project in the state from 40, 000 hectares of land  to 300,000 hectares  of land.”

He said that the African Development Bank (ADB), would also assist in supporting rice production through irrigation scheme.

Governor Abubakar  said  that “from what we realised from the  current  Dangote rice production scheme, there is an indication that very soon, Jigawa State would compete  favourably with other states in the country in  rice production”.