As art of the global effort to drive food security, the Indian High Commission in Nigeria is currently working closely with some northern states in Nigeria to promote the implementation of integrated farming and drip irrigation techniques used in India.
Describing agriculture as one sector with tremendous potential, the High Commissioner Ajjampur Ghanashyam urged the Nigerian authorities to introduce new techniques to improve dry season farming in the country.
“When there is an emerging need, you have to innovate. Today, in some northern states (of India), we are doing drip irrigation because water is a problem in those states,” he added, suggesting adoption of drip irrigation in Nigeria’s northern regions that face issues with sufficient water supply for agriculture.
“Nigeria, with its available land, can feed itself, feed the rest of Africa and still have surplus to export to China and India,” Ghanashyam said.
Although availability of water is a challenge in the northern parts of the country, the integrated system of farming makes it possible for the farmer to have vegetables, fruits and poultry to sell even if his crops fail.
Culled from AgroNigeria