Okowa’s election: Delta farmers expect boost to agriculture

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Raymos Guanah, a rice farmer in Delta has congratulated Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa on his re-election, saying his second coming will lead to agricultural boom in the state.

Guanah, who described Okowa as farmer friendly in Asaba, said that with the governor’s commitment to agriculture, the state would attract more revenue from agriculture.

“I want to congratulate governor Okowa for his re-election for a second term in office and as the most farmers’ friendly governor in the country.

“The governor has done very well and this time around, he has much more to do in agriculture and whatever farming the people want to do, the governor said he is ready to support.

“And I think in the next dispensation, Delta will be earning more money from agriculture by way of Internally Generated Revenue  and also providing more employment to people through agriculture,” Guanah said.

Guanah, who is also a lawyer, said that being a rice farmer, he was making good money, creating jobs and providing food for the masses under Okowa’s administration.

“Though a lawyer by profession, rice farming is very lucrative, I feel good being involved in agriculture because it gives me a personal satisfaction, it gives me money, I provide food for people and I employ labour.

“All these put together, what most lawyers can’t have; I have through farming and agriculture.

“I feel very comfortable as a farmer than going to court to just provide services, though lawyers make money doing that,” he said.

Guanah said that the market demand for rice remained very wide such that farmers could not meet up.

“There is much room for more people to go into rice farming and make more money in this country,“ he said.

He said that the challenges was that the people, particularly the traditional farmers had continued to see agriculture as just a way of providing food rather than as business where they could make money.

This informed the recently held Nigeria Agropreneurs Forum (NAF) Agribusiness Summit 2019 in Asaba with the theme: “Harnessing Value Chain Development for Agriculture and Farmers Income Development”.

“The essence of that summit is to open the farmer’s eyes that agriculture is a business and not just going to plant and harvest.

“At present, I am doing a 15tonnes drier and this will give me minimum of N15, 000 per bag of rice and if I can do 10 bags daily this will amount to N150, 000 daily.

“I am also doing per-boiling of rice for farmers because many of them need these services.

“So, I am looking at the business angle in agriculture, though I provide food but we are in the business of agriculture to make money to cater for ourselves, train our children and do a lot other things.

“To bridge the gap between demand and supply of rice in the country, we encourage more people to go into rice farming and let government support farmers with implement; machines and inputs,” Guanah said.