The FADAMA III Additional Finance (AF) Programme has constructed a mini earth dam in Gada village, Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe, to harvest rainwater for irrigation and fishing purposes.
Alhaji Musa Garba, the State Project Coordinator of FADAMA, who conducted newsmen on a tour of the dam site on Monday, said that the project was executed under the North-East Food Security and Livelihood programme of the World Bank.
He said a water gate was also constructed at the dam to regulate the flow of water to the farmlands.
“The gate is opened when farmers want to water their farms or closed to preserve the water and avoid flooding,’’ he said.
Besides, Garba said that 21 households had been supported under the irrigation programme with water pumps, seeds, sprayers, fertiliser and herbicides, among other inputs.
“The project has also supported 16 households in livestock farming, with each household provided with a set of four female goats and a male goat.
“Some others within the clusters got three sheep and two rams, while three households have been provided with canoes for fishing,’’ he said.
Garba said that the Programme was aimed at providing the people with sustainable means of livelihood, urging the beneficiaries to take due advantage of the initiative to enhance their living standards.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the beneficiaries also engage in the cultivation of rice, pepper, tomatoes, onion and okro.
One of the beneficiaries, Awwal Yahaya, a fisherman, said that the construction of the dam would increase the volume of fish in the pond, adding that the development would boost his income and that of his colleagues.
“Initially, the fish were washed away by floods but the construction of the mini dam has arrested the problem and this will benefit the entire community,’’ he said. (NAN)