Kwara State joined the leading rice producing states in Nigeria with its production of over 102,000 metric tons during the wet and dry season last year.
This was featured in the official document of the Central Bank of Nigeria, celebrating the return of the rice pyramid to Nigeria.
The north-central state, which supplied more than 40,000 tonnes of paddy rice to the recently unveiled rice pyramid in Abuja, was not considered a rice-producing state before the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, but today the state has emerged among the best producers in the country, thanks to the efforts of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in the state.
Speaking on the development, RIFAN’s Kwara State Chairman, Dr Ahmed Saba said that “we thought we had not done enough in our production, until we got to Abuja , where the Central Bank of Nigeria, which is in charge of the Prime Borrower Program, unveiled the data, showing that Kwara State has actually done better than we thought, being among the top rice producing states from the country.
According to Dr. Saba, Kwara State produced 62,332 metric tons of paddy rice during the dry season and 40,000 metric tons during the rainy season, making a total of 102,332 metric tons.
Congratulating those who made the feat possible, Dr. Saba thanked RIFAN President Alhaji Aminu Goronyo and the Central Bank of Nigeria and Kwara State Government for providing an enabling environment and supporting the program. .
“We must commend the Federal Government of Nigeria, particularly the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for initiating a policy that allows farmers to access resources like never before across the entire value chain from crop to harvesting and selling, especially the Ilorin team, who have enormously supported RIFAN in times of emergency”
Dr. Ahmed Saba also commended the Kwara State government for its openness and understanding of ideas, saying that without the enabling environment provided by the state government, nothing tangible could have been achieved.
Since the emergence of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in Kwara State, the state has aggressively embarked on the presidential administration’s rice revolution, which has seen its rice production increase significantly during the season. dry and wet, exceeding many states in the federation.
The Federal Government of Nigeria recently celebrated the success of its rice production efforts, with the return of the Rice Pyramid to Nigeria’s Federal Capital, Abuja.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, while unveiling the FCT Rice Mega Pyramid, noted that “at a time when the country had the preponderance of imported rice in the Nigerian market, with only six functioning integrated rice mills and domestic paddy production approximately 4.5 million metrics”. tonnes, the Nigerian rice industry was unattractive to farmers and millers.
According to CBN, the gap between demand and supply was being bridged by importing over 600 billion naira of rice annually, necessitating the introduction of the game-changing Anchor Borrowers scheme in 2015. for financing smallholder farmers.
“The flagship borrower program has created a vibrant ecosystem between all stakeholders, through the provision of in-kind inputs, biometric identification of farms and farmers, extension services, guaranteed markets through well-established purchasing and additional links with agro-processors to ensure the transmission of gains from primary production to other nodes in the value chain.
“Through the provision of quality inputs, good agronomic practices and secure markets for disposal, productivity per hectare has increased to an average of 4 to 5 metric tons, integrated rice mills have increased astronomically to reach more than 50 by 2021, unlocking huge private sector investment in the rice value chain.
It has also led to an increase in domestic production to over 9 million metric tons, from the initial 5 million, an increase of over 80% in the space of 5 years,” CBN said.
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