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Rice cultivation: 400 hectares of land to boost production

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria said the 400 hectares land will boost rice production in Nigeria. Photo: Abdullahi Tukur, Radio Nigeria

The Kebbi State Chapter of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN is to cultivate 400 hectares of land for improved rice seeds production in the state.

Alhaji Bello Barade, the state Chairman of the association, who stated this when he led members on a courtesy visit to the state governor, said the 400 hectares in Bagudo Local Government Area for the project would cost N70 million for distribution to farmers.

According to him, Kebbi State is famous in rice and wheat production but farmers are now using rice -for – food as seeds, which motivated the association to start the cultivation of the improved seeds.

He appealed to the governor for intervention and support in oder to boost rice production in the state.

Responding, Kebbi State Governor, Comrade Nasir Idris, said his administration has placed top priority on agriculture and will explore all ways to help farmers boost production in the state.

“Now that the subsidy has been removed, the only alternative is to embrace agriculture and government will assist wherever necessary, that is why I am assisting with N70 million for the purchase of improved seeds to sustain the cultivation of both crops.”

The Governor thanked the members of the association for their support towards ensuring his victory and their support to the incumbent government.

Writing by Abdullahi Tukur, Editing by Omolola Ameen and Julian Osamoto