NewsZulum Unveils 90HP Solar Irrigation, Supports 4,500 Farmers With Inputs

Zulum Unveils 90HP Solar Irrigation, Supports 4,500 Farmers With Inputs

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March 23, (THEWILL) – Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday, unveiled a 115-kilowatt solar farm powering three units of 30 horsepower (HP) pumps, discharging 225 litres per second with 105 discharge points covering 125 hectares of rice field.

Zulum, while flagging off the 90HP capacity solar irrigation pump station in Damasak, northern part of the state, noted that his administration was shifting its focus from continuous food distribution to empowering farming activities in the state.

“Short-term solutions to our problems are no longer sustainable. Continuous provision of food to the people and keeping of IDPs in the camp is not sustainable either. Therefore, we want to shift our focus from short-term humanitarian support to medium and long-term sustainable solutions, which is agriculture,” Zulum said.

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Meanwhile, Governor Zulum has announced plans to provide petrol for farmers at a subsidised rate of N500 per litre to help boost dry-season farming in the state.

He noted that one million litres of petrol would be provided for farmers under the scheme, which would be available in all the local government areas of the state.

“I want to announce that for this year’s irrigation activities, the government of Borno State is to procure 1 million litres of petrol and distribute it to the entire state at a subsidised rate to farmers.

“In addition to this, we have procured 20,000 bags of fertiliser, 1,000 solar-powered water pumps and another 5,000 water pump machines to be distributed to farmers across the three senatorial districts of Borno,” the Governor said.

The Governor supervised the distribution of 4,500 bags of fertilisers, 1,000 conventional water pumps and their accessories, 9,000 litres of agrochemicals and 50 surface solar-powered water pumps to 4,500 farmers from Mobar and Abadam Local Government Areas.

“This morning, we are flagging off the distribution of dry-season farm inputs to farmers in northern Borno. 4,500 farmers have benefited from fertilisers, agrochemicals and water pump machines,” Zulum said.

He also inspected the expanded Nglayi scheme, Zanna Umarti, Dushi, Damasak Central and all other accessible farms in Damasak. The Ngalayi scheme, which was started with 500 hectares of land in 2022, has now been expanded to over 1500 hectares.

In his remarks, Borno State Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr Bawu Musami, highlighted Governor Zulum’s achievements in agriculture.

He added that the Governor had directed the replication of these schemes in all three senatorial zones of Borno.

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