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Title:Applicable structural adjustment programme strategies for improved irrigation systems management in Nigeria
Author:Ogunwale, S.A.
Periodical:Review of African Political Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:economic policy
agricultural projects
Abstract:In order to have an understanding of how irrigation systems in Nigeria could be managed in line with the country's structural adjustment programme (SAP), the author identifies and discusses the basic irrigation system types and tasks, outlines the nature and characteristics of the management practices of these types of systems, and describes the major SAP strategies for improving the management of irrigation systems. He concludes that large-scale irrigation systems in Nigeria are very expensive and yet more often than not reflect substandard performance. Emphasis should be placed on achieving a balance between small and large-scale systems, with preference for the former. Also, irrigation water users should be given a greater opportunity to participate in all system management tasks to relieve the river basin development authorities (RBDA) of the major burden of maintenance, and to ensure regular maintenance commitment for continuous improved system performance. Specific recommendations to these ends conclude the article. Bibliogr.