Niger partners agencies to boost rice production

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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

 The  says that it is collaborating with the Japan International Development Corporation Agency (JICA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development to increase rice in the .

Alhaji Baba  Madugu,  Managing Director of the Agricultural and Mechanisation Development Authority made the disclosure in Minna on Wednesday at an Eid-el-Kabir lunch, organised by the ’s ministry of agriculture for .

“This administration is committed to ’ productivity to raise their income and uplift their standard of living through rice .’’

Madugu said that the development partners were working with the to implement the Rice Post Harvest Processing and Marketing Pilot scheme to  agriculture and ensure rural development.

He said that recently distributed 100 motorcycles to agricultural extension workers in the   to resuscitate extension .

 Alhaji Ahmed  Matane, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said that government’s determination to regenerate its agricultural sector was aimed at boosting economic activities.

Matane said that government had purchased 100 tractors and floated a one billion naira  for commercial agricultural credit scheme in the state.

He said that government had provided agricultural inputs, including fertiliser and improved seeds under the Growth Enhancement Scheme for in the state.

He advised the to use the motorcycles for the purpose they were meant for and not for other purposes.