Many Nigerians have been wailing over the increment of rice in the season. Rice has been excluded from some family meals due to its high cost, though it was meant to develop our agricultural system and reduced the rate of importation of rice.
The Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu says that this season recorded a very high amount of rice harvested, that it would help to stabilise the price of rice in Nigerian markets.
Bagudu Atiku, who is the Chairman Presidential Taskforce on Rice and Wheat production in the country made the statement on Monday, 4th November, 2019 in Argungu Local Government Area of the state in an interaction with rice farmers in the area.
He said, ‘The bumper harvest the rice farmers have recorded this rainy season will bring down the price of locally produced rice to curtail smuggling of foreign rice into the country and make it affordable to the common man’.
Bagudu also told the farmers that the state government would soon acquire mini rice milling machines and distribute it to the farmer, to enhance, improve, boost, the quality of rice they packaged for markets.
‘Many of the youths have been trained already on the process and operation of the machines who will impart such skill to rice farmers positively in the 21 local government areas of the state’ Bagudu said.
One of the farmers, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, told the governor that they had recorded a high amount of harvest this year and would continually put in there possible best for more growth and increment in coming seasons.
The farmer, Usman, however, appealed to the state government to support them with the necessary materials and tools such as fertilizer, pesticides and rice milling machines. That this would help to facilitate the production of rice in the country.