‘Rice farm­ing pro­vides em­ploy­ment to 500,000 peo­ple in Ji­gawa’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

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.

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