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FG awards over N5bn irrigation projects in southeast

The Federal Government has awarded contract for the construction of concrete lining on a 40 kilometer irrigation canal along the Lower Anambra Irrigation Project, in Anambra state.

It also approved 22.45km concrete lining of primary and secondary irrigation canal in Adani, Uzouwani Local Government Area of Enugu state.

Handing over the projects to the construction company, Zonal Project Cordinator, Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase1, South East Zone, Mr Romanus Egba said the 2 projects, with one year completion timeline would enhance rice cultivation in the region.

The N3.9billion project within Omor and Umumbo communities would guarante all year round rice farming, he said.

In Enugu state, the project is worth over N2billion.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Mathew Idu while commending the government for the step taken to revitalise the Adani rice farm settlement, expressed the hope that there would be food security in the area when the work was completed .

His Anambra State counterpart, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Stephanie Keri- Uzor said the 3850 hectares of land within Omor and Umumbo will no doubt become a beehive of rice activities after the resuscitation plan.

Uche Ndeke

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