Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 1109-1118 April-June 2012

 

PARTNERSHIP IN IRRIGATION SYSTEM FOR INCREASED EFFICIENCY AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA

 

Oriola E.O.

Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Ilorin, Ilorin (NIGERIA)

 

Received on : March 10, 2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

This study critically examines the prospects of large irrigation scheme in achieving the goals of the Public Private Partnership initiative in its role of achieving increased project efficiency and productivity in our society. The Omi dam irrigation scheme under the Lower Niger Development Authority, Ilorin was examined and analyzed to determine its prospect in achieving the set objectives of increased food production. Direct field observation of this large irrigation scheme was carried out and relevant data on irrigation infrastructures that facilitate crop production were harvested. The nature of the data collected requires just simple descriptive statistics. The Scheme was found to have capacity for expansion and prospect for increased production but cannot achieve the desired target because the government finds it difficult to allocate enough funds due to overall fiscal constraint and inability to operate a regular maintenance of infrastructure. This implies that a better operational and maintenance strategy is required. The study therefore seeks for a partnership relationship among stakeholders in irrigation agriculture for efficiency of the project and increased production. It therefore recommends that government at local, state and federal levels should create enabling environment and be committed to the Public Private Partnership initiative implementation. This will make the system to be more efficient and pivot increased productivity of the farmers and the system as a whole.

 

Keywords : Irrigation, Partnership, Efficiency, Productivity, Constraint

 

 

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