The Sokoto State has commenced the increase of rice production by supplying farm inputs to rice farmers in Gwadabawa Local Government area of the state.
The Chairman, Sokoto state chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Ibrahim Salihu disclosed that the distribution started with the identification and screening of the 9, 500 rice farmers across the state
He said that farmers would also receive N277, 000 per hectare, water pumping machines, two bags of NPK and Urea fertilizers.
Other inputs included two litres of herbicide, liquid fertilizer and 25 Kg of rice seeds.
Salihu, called on the Federal Government to open additional collection centres to cover all the 23 local government areas in the state.
According to him, “the expansion of distribution centres from the current four would ease transportation challenges and fast track the distribution process, Currently, each of the collection centres has farmers assembled from five local government areas.” He explained.
The Chairman said that officials of Bank of Agriculture, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation and RIFAN were involved in the distribution process.
He added that inputs suppliers and service providers were also involved in educating the farmers on right quality and quantity of inputs to be applied on their farms.