The Ministry of Water Resources says it is now ready to handover nine Centre Pivot Irrigation Systems to Sokoto Rima River Basin Authority for agriculture development.

The benefiting states of Kebbi and Zamfara are to receive six and three units, respectively to improve agricultural practice in line with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

The Director, Irrigation and Drainage with the ministry, Elijah Aderibigbe said that this was also part of activities to deliver agricultural transformation and promote food security in the country.

He said that irrigation practice was the mainstay of agriculture development, noting that Nigeria could not rely solely on rain-fed agriculture, if it would meet its policy thrust of economic development.

He, however, added that other benefits of irrigated agriculture included the value chain addition through marketing and transportation in food production.

The director expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for repositioning the water resources sector, calling for a reappointment of Suleiman Adamu as the minister.