President Muhammadu Buhari launched the N9 billion Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme (HVIS) rehabilitation project in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
The President is on a two-day visit to the state.
The project will be executed under the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) programme, which is supported by the World Bank.
TRIMING is the special intervention programme of the Federal Government to promote sustainable development of irrigated agriculture.
The contract was awarded to CGC-YSEJ Joint Ventures in 2018, to execute the rehabilitation of gravity irrigation area, involving about 5,346 hectares, and expansion of about 778 hectares, as well as rehabilitation of the barrage.
It has a three-year completion period and the key components include rehabilitation of Hadejia Barrage and Headworks, with 26.2km embankment and water storage capacity of 11.4 million cubic metres.
It also involves rehabilitation of the 30km Feeder Canal and North Main Canal; expansion of the 32.8km South Main Canal and rehabilitation of the Main Drain and Drainage Buffer.
The project, which was initiated about 1981 and 1982, was later abandoned due to poor funding.