The Federal Government has said it will install about 997 solar-powered boreholes to improve agriculture in the country.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh during the distribution of contract award letters to contractors and the broadcast planting of improved fodder seeds in Yobe State.
Ogbeh noted that the projects would be sited in seven states of the federation which include Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara states.
The Minister stressed that the move to develop water harvesting equipment, and the establishment of 3,000ha of community woodlots, shelter belt, and afforestation was because of the fast depleting vegetation in the participating states and the need to touch the lives of about 30,000 vulnerable women and men.
“The projects which would be completed this year, will undertake 22 rural roads with support structures such as drainages, culverts, rails, and drifts covering a distance of 59.09km across the participating states.”
In his remarks, the Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Faruq, appealed to the Federal Government to set up a rice mill and develop more dams for irrigation and extension of subsidised mechanized facilities to farmers in the state.