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Rice farmers anticipate bumper harvest in Nasarawa

Rice farmers taking round monitoring team from the Value Chain Development Programme for inspection in Kwandere. Photo: Chris Nyamtu

Farmers under the Rural Poor Stimulus Facility in Nasarawa state have assured the federal government of judicious utilization of their farm inputs to ensure a bumper harvest in the 2022 cropping season.

Chairman of one of the cluster groups of rural farmers, Mr Sunday Daniel gave the assurance when a monitoring team from Value Chain Development Programme visited their farms in Kwandere village, Lafia Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Sunday Daniel stated that rice farmers who benefited from the federal government’s intervention in the distribution of improved seeds and other farm inputs at the beginning of the season had high expectations to record remarkable yields.

National Project Coordinator, Value Chain Development Programme, Dr Fatima Kabiru Aliyu represented by Alhaji Hamza Shehu said the monitoring team was in Nasarawa state to ensure that the farmers made use of the farm inputs given to them according to specifications.

Representative of the National Project Coordinator Value Chain Development Programme, Alhaji Hamza Shehu addressing a rice farmer in Kwandere, Nasarawa state. Photo: Chris Nyamtu

Dr Fatima Kabiru who expressed satisfaction with the performances of the farmers so far, especially in the planting, stated that the intervention was to assist rural poor farmers to recover from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic in food production.

The monitoring team also visited farmers under the scheme in Doma and Wamba Local Government Areas of the state.

Federal Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD had in April 2022, distributed fertilisers, over 5000 bags of improved rice seeds and herbicides to 200 rural farmers from 5 local government areas of Nasarawa state.

Reporting by Chris Nyamtu editing by Marian Benjamin, Abdullahi Lamino