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Nigeria plans 17 dams, 19 irrigation projects by 2011

The government of Nigeria plans by 2011 to build 17 medium and large-sized dams and 19 irrigation schemes, representing 3.4 billion cubic meters of storage and 58,820 hectares of agriculture.

Abuja newspaper Leadership reported Dams and Irrigation Director Magnus Gundiri of Nigeria's Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources outlined the plans at a meeting on revising national water resources policy. He said the government plans to bring 2 million hectares of land under irrigation through a phased irrigation and dam development plan from 2009-2020.

Although no plans were mentioned for hydropower, Nigeria already has several water resources projects under way featuring hydroelectric developments, including 35-MW Kiri on the Gongola River (HNN 1/9/09), the Niger River Basin (HNN 10/7/08), 250-MW Gurara Falls and 30-MW Gurara water transfer project (HNN 6/11/08), as well as refurbishment work planned at 540-MW Jebba and 760-MW Kainji in the Niger Basin. (HNN 2/11/09)

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