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Farmer urges FG to boost local rice production


Abuja – A rice farmer, Mr Allu Abashi, has urged the Federal Government to invest massively in rice production to enhance its local production.
Abashi, a rice farmer based in Nasarawa state, made the appeal in Abuja on Tuesday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He advised that rice farmers should be given adequate incentives such as loans, farm inputs, adequate farmlands and others materials so as to help in massive rice production.
“Training should also be given to farmers on modern rice planting, processing and marketing techniques, to keep them abreast of developments in the industry.
He recalled how the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the last administration had recorded a major milestone in the nation’s quest for food security.
“There was a projection some years back by the Goodluck Jonathan administration that the country will be self-sufficient in rice production by 2015 and begin exportation of the commodity,“ he said.
He stressed the need for the Federal Government to sustain the good aspect of the ATA to boost food production.
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Abashi, who noted that a lot of ATA’s programmes were geared towards local rice production, said some achievements were recorded before the change in the administration. (NAN)

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