‘Rice farming provides employment to 500,000 people in Jigawa’
Chairman of Jigawa State chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Adamu Maigoro Haruna has said that rice farming provided employment to about 500,000 people in the state.
Haruna, while fielding questions from journalists in Hadejia, said over 300,000 hectares of farmland across 21 local government areas of the state had been put to use by this category of farmers.
He said during the last farming season, the state produced 600,000 tons of rice, a feat which improved the state status among rice producing states.
“Over 450,000 people from Jigawa State are fully engaged in rice production. Rice farmers alone take up about 300,000 hectares of farmland across the 21 local government areas of the state.
“During last year’s farming season, the state produced about 600,000 tons of rice. It was the highest in the entire North-west zone of the country. Jigawa occupies first or second position in the league of rice producing states in the country,” he said.
He added that following awareness campaign, a significant improvement has been recorded in volume of rice production, adding that farmers are now better equipped with modern knowledge. The chairman said this year’s rice yield would reduce owing to recent flood disaster which washed away several hectares of farmlands. He said the transition also affected farming, adding that the period for supply of inputs coincided with change of leadership at the centre and state level.