The Federal Government has indicated interest to partner with private investors in the area of irrigation to upscale food production in the country.
Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, disclosed this when he received a delegation of EuroBase Ltd and Future Pump Company in Abuja.
“The Federal Government would be interested in partnering with the company provided the solar pumping machine is durable, affordable knowing full well that most of our farmers are subsistence and poor farmers,” the Minister stated.
The Managing Director, EuroBase Consult and leader of the delegation Mr Don Ekesiobi in his remarks said the solar water pumping machine is environmental friendly with a clean source of power, cost-effective, durable and extremely rugged with almost zero maintenance and has a five- year warranty for the users.
The MD explained that the technology would address the problem of poor access to energy that usually constrains farmers from irrigation facilities which are essential for agriculture.
In his contribution, the Managing Director of the Future Pump Company, Mr Toby Hammond further explained that Future Pump is of two types which include SFI and SF2; he advised that the SF2 is more preferable because it is a robust surface pump designed to help smallholder farmers with shallow water sources pump up to 1 litre per second to water their crops using the power of the sun.
Mr Hammond added that some of the benefits of using the future pump for irrigation farming would include using of non-fuel or electricity costs as well as robust and farmer-fixable, designed with easy maintenances and pump enough water for irrigation.
The irrigation pumping machines is designed by the Future Pump Company with global supply across Kenya, Ghana and some other countries especially for the smallholder farmers in the continent.