Nigeria: Farming without rain in Katsina

In Katsina state, there is no seasonal punctuation of planting. This is due to the Jibia Dam project, an irrigation social investment with reservoir capacity of 140.0 mcm, connected to an area of cultivation of 3,500 hectares, reports Zacheaus Somorin

Rain is crucial to agriculture because crops require water to be nurtured and nourished and to grow to maturity.
That is the reason most crops, in the Southern part of Nigeria, are planted during the rainy season, that is, between October and May.

But there are societies where virtually all crops are planted all-year round regardless of whether it is rainy or dry season. Katsina State perfectly fits into this category of societies.

No Interruption
“There is no seasonal interruption in the planting of crops here”, one of the farmers in Jibia, who simply identified himself as Umaru, boasted.
Indeed, the uninterrupted farming in Jibia and environs has been made possible by Jibia Dam, an irrigation project with a reservoir capacity of 140.0mcm and area of cultivation of 3,500 hectares.

Upward Trend
As at 2007 when Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema took the mantle of leadership in Katsina State, farm yield in the state, as a result of the intervention of the irrigation project, was a mere 100 hectares.

Shema not only developed the dam to increase the yield by several percentages, and by 2011 when he was rounding off his term in office, about 12,000 hectares of land had been committed to irrigation state-wide.
Principal crops grown in the Jibia sector include beans, groundnut, maize, pepper, wheat, onion, lettuce, cabbage, sweet potato, Irish potato, pumpkin, and sweat melon.

Projects Galore
THISDAY gathered that there are at least nine other irrigation projects scattered across Katsina supporting farming system with human-controlled moisture environment regimes, leading to the growing of almost any type of crop depending on market demand throughout the year.



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I am a graduate of Agriculture with options in Soil Science and Meteorology from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike- Nigeria. I am the lead Agribusiness consultant at Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises. I have underwent several trainings, conferences and studies in Agriculture and entrepreneurship with University of Maryland, U.S.A , IHAV Foundation Conference, Association of Africa Business School (AABS) Agric business Launch to mention but a few. As a young farmer and entreprenuer with a passion for research and writing, I use this blog to share my experiences as well as inform Youths of the opportunities available in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship. Follow me on twitter: @kalusamanya Facebook: Skype: kalusam WHatsapp: +2347036931636
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One Response to Nigeria: Farming without rain in Katsina

  1. Adebayo says:

    This idea should be taken up by the fed govt and should spread across all the states.with this,nigeria will feed her self

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