NIGERIA: FGN to Empower 1 Million Rice Farmers

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) is to receive empowerment and support from the FG through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is ready to assemble and support about one million rice farmers for the next dry season farming via its Anchor Borrowers Programme

The National President of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Alhaji Aminu Goronyo who disclosed the opportunity stated that conclusions have been made to ensure the mobilization of the farmers all over Nigeria.

Alhaji Goronyo said that the main readiness commences as the CBN invited RIFAN, he said that the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria met with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the CBN gave them the pass to urgently recognize the functioning member of RIFAN and also gave them the hand to do all arrangement to accomplish higher production in the dry season that we are into already.

Alhaji Goronyo uncovered that the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele has ordered them to select at least one million farmers for the dry season rice farming program, which could lead to about five million metric tons of rice.

Furthermore, National President RIFAN stated that there are sufficient and enough seeds and fertilizers in all the farming area. He further said that that the association has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Cross River state government on adequate provision of seeds for dry season rice farming. He added that the Cross River Governor, Ayade who has a seedling company will help provide adequate seed that can serve all the farmers nationwide.

However, He counseled farmers to pay total attention to their Agric production, adding that the border closure is a great advantage for farmers to benefit on and support continuous rice production.

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