Enterprise Television- Bagudu: Kebbi Farmers Cultivate 400,000 Hectares of Rice
No fewer than 200,000 farmers now grow rice on over 400,000 hectares of land in Kebbi State, the state government has said.
The Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, recently said that the number of farmers cultivating rice in state had continued to grow.
He also called for greater lending to those in the agriculture, stressing that if the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation could spend billions of naira on petrol subsidy, it should be willing to spend massively on the development of agriculture in Nigeria.
The governor said it was gratifying to note that Kebbi State’s contribution to rice production in Nigeria had significantly helped the country in cutting down the massive importation of rice.
He noted that Nigeria’s rice import had dropped by over 90 per cent, adding that although much income was not generated by the state through rice production, many farmers of the commodity across the state had been financially empowered.
Bagudu said, “It is heart-warming for us to know that we are able to create wealth for rice farmers and that as a result of the production of rice in Kebbi, Nigeria has been able to reduce its importation of rice by over 90 per cent. This is good news and it shows that a lot of people in not just Kebbi State are now producing rice and very soon, we will start exporting the commodity.
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