By Baba Saleh
As part of its efforts to revamp agricultural sector, the Yobe state government under the “LAVA Irrigation Farming Project” has earmarked 2000 hectares of land for rice irrigation farming.
The Chairman sub committee of the project and commissioner for Youth, Sports and Community development, Goni Bukar Lawan made the disclosure while interacting with benefitting communities in Garin Alkali, Bursari local government area of the state.
Lawan said the project was conceived by the government aimed at exposing the communities to tap from the economic potentials of large water deposit in the area.
According to him, the committee has worked out modalities of compensation for 96 occupants of the affected lands.
He added that ” Apart from land compensation we will allocate new farms to owners to continue their farming activities at the new irrigation site.
” Also binded in our agreement was to resettle the Fulani communities about 98 of them and construct three motorized boreholes to their settlement as demand.
” It is a good initiative with alot of opportunities for both farmers and neighbouring communities, I believe that the beneficiaries will be more happ when the project fully stated.
He warned the beneficiaries against selling or renting out the farmlands.
Gambo Korama one of the beneficiaries lauded government for the initiative adding that it would boost the food security and economy of the area.