The impact of Nigerian Government’s agricultural policies that complemented those of Ebonyi Government has led to a decrease in the price of rice in the state
The Coordinator of Amasiri Development Centre in Afikpo North Council of Ebonyi, Mr Friedrick Nwangbo, who made the disclosure, commended the Nigerian government’s agricultural interventions such as early distribution of seedlings and grants to farmers.
He said that the interventions which were favourable to farmers contributed to the bountiful rice harvest and other crops in the state.
“This in turn led to a drastic reduction of the produce’s price as a bag of rice which hitherto sold for N14, 000 and above now sells between N4,000 and N5, 000.
“The impact of this intervention was felt more by the personal visit of Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minsiter of Agriculture and Rural Development to the state among other visible Federal Government’s agricultural interventions,’’ he said.
The Coordinator, therefore, urged the Federal Government to subsidize the price of farm inputs given to farmers for increased and sustained food production.
“This will guarantee increased demand for agricultural produce and their price reduction as this success could have been recorded without the pragmatic agricultural revolution of the state government,’’ he said.
Mr Nwangbo, however, expressed regret about the activities of herdsmen which, he said, if unchecked, could jeopardise governments’ efforts at improving agricultural production.
“The herdsmen should be made to realize that their herding activities are beneficial as businesses to them, while farming activities of individuals are also important to them.
“During the last festive season in Ebonyi, for instance, several cows were purchased and used for the celebrations yet their sellers did not reduce the price for the people who bought them,’’ he said.