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Kwara State Unveils Plan to Invest in Statewide Irrigation to Boost Agriculture and Combat Climate Change

In a strategic move to combat climate change and enhance food production, the Kwara State government has unveiled plans to implement a statewide irrigation program.

This initiative, which will begin in Kwara North, aims to cover all three senatorial districts of the state.

Announcing the plan to Sobi FM, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Oloruntoyosi Thomas, emphasized the importance of this initiative.

She explained that the irrigation project is part of the ACReSAL program, a World Bank-supported initiative designed to bolster sustainable agriculture.

“The ambitious plan will help the state in its quest for improved food production,” Mrs. Thomas stated.

The project will provide farmers with small-scale, solar-powered irrigation systems, enhancing their capacity to increase crop yields.

The ACReSAL program, known for its multi-sectoral and multi-institutional approach, integrates efforts across the environment, agriculture, and water sectors.

Mrs. Thomas highlighted the project’s focus on sustainable land and water management to combat land degradation, deforestation, and climate change.

“Climate change is one of the prevailing environmental problems in the world that has gained universal discussion in recent times because of its multiple effects.

“By investing in irrigation infrastructure and technology, the state government is expecting to achieve greater food security, reduce poverty, create employment opportunities for Kwarans, and reduce food prices in the state,” she said

She said Kwara State’s investment in irrigation infrastructure is a proactive step towards addressing climate change challenges and improving agricultural productivity, positioning the state as a leader in sustainable agricultural practices in Nigeria.

The commissioner also pointed out the success of previous government programs promoting individual irrigation, particularly the FADAMA initiatives.

She stressed the substantial natural resources available, such as shallow groundwater, and the potential for profitable irrigated agriculture, especially with renewable energy sources like solar power.

 

 

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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