Kwara - At least 3, 200 hectares of rice plantation under the Tada-Shonga Irrigation Scheme have been submerged in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara.
Mr.Abubakar Aduragba, the Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, said this on Wednesday in Ilorin after his visit to the affected area.
Aduragba appealed to the Federal Government to release funds to complete the 32,000 hectare project.
According to him, the project has already been launched by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and currently supervised by the authority.
He explained that the project was located along fertile plains of River Niger between the villages of the Tada and Shonga.
The Managing Director said the main objective of the Tada-Shonga Irrigation Scheme was to increase the nation’s rice production through effective management.
According to him, the project also aims at boosting food production, providing employment and ensuring socio-economic development of the area.
Aduragba noted that the project would also make possible all-round season production of rice, storage and processing and marketing.
He said the project was expected to produce 53,000 tonnes of rice annually through double cropping with market value in excess of N3 billion.