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FG distributes rice production input to farmers

From Left Dr Aliu Kabir Kwara State Director FMARD , Representative of the Minister of Agriculture ,Dr Muhammed Abubakar ,Mr Usman Bashir, Deputy Director (Rice) Value Chain Fed. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and beneficiary Mrs Judith Ude Ekele from FCT during the presentation of rice production input (starter pack) to farmers in the North Central Zone held in Ilorin,Kwara State

The Federal government has commenced the distribute of rice production input (Starter Pack) to farmers in the North Central to increase rice production in the country.

Speaking at the flagg-off of the distribution of the materials to fifty six rice Farmers in Ilorin ,the Kwara state capital ,the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar said the purpose of the programme is to encourage farmers to produce rice locally.

Represented by the Deputy Director (Rice) Value chain from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development ,Mr Usman Bashir ,the Minister said the country cannot afford to rely on importation of food items that the citizens can grow and produce sufficiently.

He explained that the federal government is using the programme to empower the youths and create jobs through the value chain from seed production which involve many actors along the value chain line with the administrations agenda to make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production and exportation.

Dr Abubakar noted that the present administration is doing all it can within the limited resources and challenges of time in the post COVID era to encourage Nigerians to grow more food amidst natural disasters, in the past few years.

In her remark the, Managing Director, Kwara State Agricultural Development Programme ADP, Dr. Khadijat Ahmed urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the materials to boost their farming business.

Earlier in his address Kwara State Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development , Dr. Aliu Kabir said the programme will enable the beneficiaries learn how to maximize resources to achieve excellent results.

Reporting by Ali Rabiu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai
, Omotola Oguneye