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INVESTOR ALERT: Potential investments in Kebbi state’s rice value chain

INVESTOR ALERT: Potential investments in Kebbi state’s rice value chain

 

Kebbi state, Nigeria produces about 1 million tons of rice paddy annually

  • Companies are needed to process and convert rice and wheat chaff produced into livestock feeds. Investors in this value chain may likely get government’s support with funds according to Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture

  • The state is seeking solutions to problems of cross-border birds that reduce rice yields – investors could come up with viable solutions and strike deals with the state government.

  • Kebbi state need massive quantities of (a)large farming hats to shield farmers from the hot afternoon sun, (b)chemical respirators and (c)shade canopies- more investment opportunities

 

 

NEWS: FG to hand-in 50 farm stretchers to kebbi State farmers

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is concluding plans to hand-in (50) fifty farm stretchers hooked to vehicles to boost Kebbi State Rice Farmers’ Production.

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this in Abuja when he hosted Samaila Yombe Dabhi, the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State in his office.

The Minister of Agriculture who was in Kebbi State recently applauded and congratulated the government and farmers in Kebbi for their production of million tons of rice, thereby boosting the country’s determination to be self-sufficient in rice production. The Minister further said that companies to process and convert rice and wheat chaff into livestock feeds should be quickly considered and promised government’s support with funds.

Speaking further, the Minister expressed concern for farmers’ good yield by suggesting cooperation with border countries particularly Niger Republic to crush cross border birds that destroy farms in Kebbi, adding that  a system shall be designed to check this menace. He also advised Kebbi government to produce and distribute large farming hats to shield farmers from the hot afternoon sun, chemical respirators and shade canopy which he said would encourage farmers to produce more.

Samaila Yombe Dabhi, the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, , deeply appreciated the Minister’s visit which he affirmed had galvanished them into more dynamic farming.  He also said, it was a privilege to advise the Federal Government on result oriented ways of pest control using aircrafts which are currently unused. He added that if government supports with funds, these aircrafts can be put back on stream to control pests (birds) and enhance rice production. The Deputy Governor said this would be adequate as the wet season sets in, which is also the period when these wild destructive invading birds fly in from Niger Republic in their millions.

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