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FARMERS CALL ON FG TO INTERVENE ON RICE PRODUCTION AND IMPROVE STORAGE FACILITIES

Written By AGRICULTURAL GIST on Monday, 11 July 2016 | Monday, July 11, 2016

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        The present cost of rice Nigeria worsens everyday, as a bag of rice reaches ₦15,000. This is quite alarming because Nigeria has everything it takes to boost rice production in the country. This is a country blessed with good soil, that supports crop production. Therefore some eligible  persons have called on the Federal Government to intervene in rice production in the country.

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The members of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and stakeholders in rice production have called on relevant government agencies for sustainable interventions to boost rice production all over the country. They expressed their opinion in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the South-South Geo-political zone on effective ways to boost production. Similarly, the Cross River Government said it is building a rice city in addition to the acquisition of 10,000 hectares of farmland to plant rice. Mohammed Abdullahi, Edo North Coordinator, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has urged the Federal Government to build modern rice mill processing plants across the country to boost rice production. Meanwhile
Farmers have urged relevant agriculture agencies to improve on the nation’s produce storage facilities to achieve the Federal Government’s objectives of boosting food production. The farmers were reacting to the inauguration of the Presidential Committee/Task Force on Rice and Wheat, to facilitate its programme on self sufficiency in food production. Chief Marcel Eleri, chairman of Association of Registered Farmers in Afikpo North LGA told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the government’s initiative to boost the production of rice and wheat across the country was instructive. “The Federal Government should collaborate with the Ebonyi Government to rehabilitate the Silos at Ezillo, Ishiellu LGA of the state for improved grain and other seedlings preservation,’’ he said. Also a member of AFAN, Bayelsa chapter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, decried the abandonment of the Bayelsa silos project. The AFAN member told NAN that there were no doubts about the importance of food preservation to boost food security. He urged the state and federal government to step up plans to complete the ongoing silos centre for agriculturalists in the state. “Yes, this project that is ongoing over the years is at Igbogene, Yenagoa local government area of the state; we have been waiting to see it completed,’’ he said. Also, Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, Ebonyi State’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation explained that the government sent a high-powered delegation to Kebbi State to understudy rice production modalities. “We have accepted that Kebbi has overtaken Ebonyi in rice production, but we have embarked on mechanization of rice production to reclaim our top spot. “We would also enhance the capacity of the Silos at Ezillo for adequate storage of rice and other grains while improving on farmers’ storage capabilities across the state.
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