Rice farmers in Bayelsa state, southern Nigeria, have lauded the efforts of the three tiers of government at ensuring rice sufficiency across the country.
The state Chairman, Mr Ezekiel Ogbianko, told newsmen in Yenagoa, the state capital, that the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) was one of the best platforms that had lifted its members, including those in the rural areas, out of poverty.
“The Federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has done well to our members and other farmers across states in the country; the issue of loan and inputs supply cannot be left out.
“I am happy for our members in Bayelsa because we are gradually coming up as one of the rice-producing states.
“Only in 2019, we cleared and cultivated rice in over 5, 000 hectares of land.
“Over 950 young farmers across the eight local government areas of Bayelsa have been engaged in mechanize farming in 2019,” Ogbianko concluded.