(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Government has proposed to collaborate with the Nasarawa State Government to access 100, 000 hectares of land for rice cultivation in the state.
This was disclosed by the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, while hosting the Managing Director of the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority (LBRBDA), Muhammad Addra, who led a delegation on a courtesy call to the governor at the Government House, Lafia.
The governor disclosed that officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, called on him seeking the state government to provide access to one hundred thousand hectares of land to be fully funded for the cultivation of land, adding that he has subsequently requested the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority to set aside the required land in one of its project sites located in Tide, Akwanga Local Government Area for this purpose.
Sule said that the LBRBDA has over two hundred thousand fallow lands in Tide, stressing that the state government would utilize a portion of that land for rice cultivation funded by the Federal Government.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The proper initiation of the project will bring an end to the prolonged inability of the LBRDA to fully utilize the Doma Dam for irrigation agriculture.