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Borno communities resume irrigation farming, fishing

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Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has disclosed that irrigation farming and fishing have resumed following security fortification on the shores of Lake Alau Dam.

According to him, this would allow 56,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from 28 communities to engage in dry season farming and fishing. Over 50 per cent of fish requirement of Maiduguri metropolis is also produced from the lake.

The affected communities were sacked by Boko Haram terrorists in the last five years, and they took refuge in Laujeri Community in Jere Council Area of Borno State.

Zulum disclosed this while addressing the IDPs at Laujeri village on the shores of the dam, adding that after displacement and sack of the communities, IDPs were facing “hunger and malnutrition.”

While speaking on the resumption of irrigation farming and fishing in the lake, Zulum added, “We are collaborating with the military and other security agencies to beef up security in the dam and its shores.

“This will enable our farmers and fishermen to resume their activities in the lake and farmlands of Laujeri community.

He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to provide irrigation facilities and equipment as dry season farming has commenced.

On securing the lake communities, he said: “In securing Lake Alau and its adjourning communities and villages, a 25-kilometre trench is dug from Laujeri to Maiduguri and Molai,” noting that this could prevent insurgents from launching attacks.


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