Gurara Dam to irrigate about 4,000 hectares – FG

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By Mohammed Usman

The federal government has said that Gurara Multipurpose Dam Project will generate about 4000 hectares Agricultural land.

This was made known when the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, went on assessment visit to the Dam Project in Kaduna State. The Minister who earlier promised tour to key projects of the Ministry on assumption of office declared that he was satisfied with what he has seen so far at Gurara Dam.

“With the design of this scheme to irrigate about 4,000 hectares of agriculture land that would drive business activities in this area to a higher heights, government has by this, demonstrated its strong political will for agricultural revolution that would guarantee food security for all”, he said.

In a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Information, Mrs. M.E. Umoh, while inspecting the Project, Engr. Suleiman stated that the agricultural potentials of the dam seen so far showed that government can develop a modern system of irrigated agriculture with the estimated 14,000 hectares of irrigated land in the Gurara villey in mind. He added that in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture in tapping the potentials, job activities would be generated and would provide vast employment opportunities and economic self-sufficiency for the population.

Speaking further, Engr. Suleiman stated that the power component of the dam would generate electricity for the national grid with 30 MW.

The electricity to be generated would be transferred to the city of Abuja.

Earlier, the Minister inspected the Azara-Jere Irrigation Scheme. He said that the scheme would optimally harness the full potentials of Gurara multipurpose dam development to boost agriculture and improve food security for the country.

“With the design of this scheme to irrigate about 4,000 hectares of agriculture land that would drive business activities in this area to a higher heights, government has by this, demonstrated its strong political will for agricultural revolution that would guarantee food security for all”, he said.

He therefore called on all commercial and other farmers that have commenced work to pay for water and land uses as it would help government generate resources to maintain the project.

The Project Manager of the Dam, Mr. Paolo Campawecca said that the dam was constructed to, interconnect the Gurara river with Usman Dam, form part of integrated systems of regulated catchments raw water to the lower usman treatment plant and reservoir which is located near the capital city of Abuja, provide water to meet Abuja demand for the next 50years, generate electricity for the national grid with a 30 MW and lastly, provide a 14,000 hectares irrigation scheme downstream of the dam.

 

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