Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno says his administration will collaborate with the Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) in resuscitating irrigation farming on the 67,000 hectares of fertile land in New Marte.
Zulum made this known during an assessment tour of irrigation facilities in New Marte, in Marte Local Government Area of the state.
Zulum, who was accompanied on the assessment tour by the Managing Director of CBDA, Mr Abba Bukar said he would ensure that massive irrigation farming commenced by July.
The governor observed that reviving the irrigation project would be a major way of providing livelihood to thousands of families that would soon return home following the recovery of the area by the military.
‘‘I am here with the Managing Director of CBDA, and by the grace of God, we will partner with them to resuscitate Marte’s irrigation centre that will provide means of livelihood to many households,’’ Zulum said.
The governor also directed the state’s Ministry of Reconstruction and Resettlement will commence the rebuilding of 500 houses and schools and other public facilities in the agro community of New Marte to serve displaced persons willing to return.
The governor said that his administration would also support returnees with economic packages that would enable households to directly build their destroyed homes, while operating temporarily from CBDA’s quarters.