The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Ajjampur Ghanashyam has urged Nigeria to introduce Integrated Farming and Drip Irrigation to boost food production in the country.
Ghanashyam gave the advice at a Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
He said that drip irrigation, currently being practiced in India, would help to improve dry season farming in Nigeria, especially in the Northern parts of the country.
Ghanashyam said that integrated agriculture had the capacity to improve the living standard of Nigerians if properly deployed.
He added that the farming method serve as an alternative to oil.
The high commissioner said that India was currently working closely with some Northern states in Nigeria to promote drip irrigation, but observed that the availability of water was a challenge.
“Agriculture is one area in which there is tremendous potential. India has 1.5 million square kilometers of land which is arable. Today, in some northern states, we are doing drip irrigation because water is a problem in those states.