Japan provides US$11 million towards rice irrigation in Niger
Japan has announced ¥1.19 trillion (US$11 million) to promote rice irrigation in Niger. While more than 80% of Niger’s labor force participates in agriculture, most depend on rainfed farming methods. Crops grown during the rainy season do not cover annual household consumption and domestic demand greatly exceeds supply. The 'Strengthen ONAHA to promote irrigation agriculture' project will develop agricultural infrastructure for irrigation and improve rural development by expanding rice and other cops through Niger.