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The Nigerian government launches a massive dry-season farming initiative to create 5–10 million jobs.

The Nigerian federal government has announced an ambitious dry-season farming programme that aims to create 5–10 million new jobs, especially for youth. The initiative was revealed during the 30th National Council on Water Resources and Sanitation meeting held in Abuja on Monday.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation, Shehu Aliyu, over 120,000 hectares have already been allocated for wheat cultivation in Jigawa State as part of the 2024 dry season farming drive. The campaign aligns with the current administration’s food security and job creation priorities.

The federal agriculture and water ministries will work closely to ensure year-round irrigation and maximum productivity across 323,000 hectares. River Basin Development Authorities across Nigeria have also commenced local dry-season farming schemes.

Safeguarding farms and farmers will enable mass participation during the drive. The expected bumper harvest could also lower food inflation and provide relief to Nigerians facing hardship.

The governors of Kwara, Taraba, Ondo, and Kogi recently met with the agriculture minister to push for expanded food production. Governors Forum Chairman Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq stressed that past CBN interventions had limited impact. The minister has developed programmes for rice, cassava, and maize—crops that governors want to prioritise.

Nigeria now exports the cheapest food in West Africa due to currency devaluation. The dry season initiative leverages this export potential while also addressing domestic food security. Significantly higher cultivation is expected to create millions of agricultural jobs spanning farming, processing, transportation, and marketing.

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