The Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has declared the intention of his administration to boost rice production in the state as a way of enhancing food production, hence reducing malnutrition in the country. Ishaku propped further that an enabling environment and support will be given to farmers as a way to boost rice production in Taraba State.The Governor said the State was assured to embark on an aggressive cultivation of Rice as part of its efforts to boost its economy.
With the Current ban on the importation of foreign rice into Nigeria, there is need to educate Rice farmers in the state on how to produce and process Rice in order improve their production.
The Taraba State Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Ishaya David Kassa, stated these during a sensitization meeting, organized by the state office of the Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) for Jalingo farmers, which took place at the Howai Secondary School Mile 6 Jalingo, and he said it is vital for Rice farmers in the state to acquire the necessary knowledge in Rice production to improve their productivity in view of the current ban on Rice importation by the Federal Government.
According to him, for such a farmer must be educated on how to go about farming the crop from cultivation to harvest levels. He used the forum to charge the participants to make proper use of the knowledge to be imparted to them by VCDP.
Earlier in his Address the Value Chain Development Program State Coordinator, Mr. Irimiya Musa said, the program has the mandate to educate Rice and Cassava Farmers on how to carry out their farming activities, supply them with fertilizer and other farm inputs in order to enable them to maximize profit, he explained that they also construct rural roads for farmers to convey their agricultural products to the markets and develop farmlands for farmers.
A ban on rice importation has made our local farmers to go back to what they know how to do best and even in a mechanized way and at this moment giving way to subsistent farming. This also has helped by making them employers of labor through creating hundreds of jobs to reduce dependence on Government. Boosting rice production will also protect our agro-industries, naira, power, economy and per capital income farmers will be motivated to produce more of the local Rice