3 politicians support irrigation farmers

14:21 24/12/2012 Danmusa - Three indigenes of Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State have assisted irrigation farmers with equipment worth more than N1 million to boost irrigation farming in the Safana/Danmusa/Batsari Federal constituency.

They are the former Speaker of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Mamman Danmusa, Alhaji Gambo Musa, representing the constituency in the House of Representatives, and Alhaji Jamilu Mamam, the state’s Commissioner for Water Resources.

The equipment donated to the farmers included 16 water pumps, 471 hoses, 580 pipes, 29 sprayers and chemicals, among others.

The former speaker, who distributed the equipment on behalf of other donors in Danmusa town on Monday, said the assistance was aimed at empowering dry season farmers to enable them to become self-reliant.

"It is also an effort that will prevent them from migrating to urban centres after the rainy season," he said.

According to him, 11 irrigation farmers’ associations from each of the three local government areas covering the constituency were beneficiaries of the gesture.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trio had drilled 150 tube wells for the farmers to facilitate their agricultural activities.

Danmusa, therefore, urged the beneficiaries to ensure effective utilisation of the equipment to enhance irrigation farming in the areas.

Responding on behalf of the farmers, Malam Haruna Na’aya, thanked the donors for their support and assured them that every farmer who benefitted from the gesture would make the best use of the facilities.

"This is not the first time you are assisting us and we have been making use of what you provided to us to improve our dry season farming; we are greatful," he said.