Dutch Project Empowers Nigerian Farmers On Irrigation Farming

Farmers in the states of Kano, Ogun, Kaduna, and Oyo now have access to ten solar-powered irrigation pumps thanks to an initiative called Horti-Nigeria, which was supported by the Dutch Embassy in Nigeria.

Since 2021, the four states’ ten local government areas have benefited from the Dutch-funded program, which has been a pillar in the development of a sustainable and inclusive horticultural industry, improving food and nutrition security.

In a statement on International Clean Energy Day, Mohammed Salasi, the program director, said that the environmentally friendly technology not only demonstrates HortiNigeria’s dedication to environmental stewardship but also provides a workable solution to two major issues facing the agricultural sector: restricted water access and growing fuel costs for irrigation.

With an emphasis on the value chains for cabbage, cucumber, okro, tomatoes, pepper, carrots, watermelon, and sweetcorn, he said the program had taught over 50,000 farmers sustainable practices and provided 10 high-capacity solar irrigation pumps. In addition to increasing agricultural productivity, he claimed the program had significantly decreased the carbon footprint of farming operations.

Salasi called on the federal, state, and local governments to cooperate in promoting renewable energy for a sustainable agricultural future and emphasized that as the program moves forward, they intend to extend the project.

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