The Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society, NFGCS, has embarked on a N20 million dam projects for irrigation and massive fish production.
Retson Tedheke, the group’s national coordinator, made this disclosure while speaking on the organization’s efforts on infrastructural farming development without any government or bank funding.
Tedheke explained that, the dam is being constructed from a natural water path, and that when they first blocked off the water in November 2019 they did not know it would last this long, since people are using the water for irrigation farming. He says, however, there is still enough water for all farm activities.
He also stated that the NFGCS is planning to expand the dam to three kilometers and stock it with two million fingerlings in the next two months, which will be harvested after six months with the intension of processing and packaging them for local consumption and export.
According to Tedheke, the dam is part of the organization’s measure to develop an integrated farm structure. The dam itself has been estimated to cost about N20 million.
He also added that the newly launched Ga’atevest app, an investment solution platform designed by NFGCS, would allow Nigerians both at home and abroad to key into a larger vision, as it solves the problem of micro-financing in the agricultural sector.
Tedheke stressed that agriculture remains the best alternative to sustain the economy and simultaneously tackle issues related to the growing population, such as job creation; as well as help stem criminal activities resulting from ongoing development in the global crude oil market, which has posed a serious threat to Nigeria economy.