Food securty: Jigawa rice production hits 800,000 tonnes, says  Namadi


Gov.  Umar Namadi of Jigawa says this year’s

dry season rice production has hit 800,000 tonnes.

Namadi made this known shortly after inspection of rice forms in Auyo, Hadejia Miga and Ringim Local Government Areas of the state.

The governor, therefore, expressed happiness that the 200,000 hectares of rice farms currently being cultivated across the state will no doubt reduce the nation’s food insecurity challenges.

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“Today, I think am one of the happiest persons. We have have gone round all the rice farms in Jigawa  and by our estimation about 200,000 hectares of rice have been cultivated in the state.

“With this 200,000 hectares, this translate to almost 800,000 tonnes of rice.This 800,000 tonnes of rice is quite huge in Nigeria and therefore by the time we multiply these by the rainy season, we will have an estimate of 1.6 million tonnes of rice.

”The 1.6 million tonnes of rice is about the 27 per cent of Nigeria’s rice requirement.

“If Jigawa can produce 27 per cent of the Nigeria’s rice requirement then we are on the right course. Therefore, we will continue to support our farmers, we will continue to encourage them and will continue to support the renewed hope agenda, especially as it relates to food security in Nigeria,” the governor said.

Namadi said:“this is our modest contribution to the food security in Nigeria and we will continue to improve that’s why we are going round to encourage the farmers and understand their problems so that we will be able to deal with these problems.”

He said the only support given to rice farmers was the fertiliser subsidy given by President Bola Tinubu, adding that the state government must do all it can to multiply its support to the teeming rice farming communities in the state.

Though the governor was not immediately ready to explain his administration’s plans toward tackling the annual flood disaster which for years had been a threat to farmers along river bank communities where the state was estimatng to cultivate rice being cultivated during dry season in the same areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that majority of the farms visited by the governor are owned by small scale farmers who single handedly put efforts to perfect the cultivation.

NAN also reports that these thousands of hectares of farmlands were hardly being cultivated during rainy seasons by the farming communities as a result of annual flood being experienced in these areas.

NAN reports that most flooding in the areas were linked to problems associated with the overflow of Minjibir, Tiga and Challawa dams in Kano State, as well as the Rivers in Ringim and Hadejia in Jigawa.

Other communities usually affected by the annual flood in the areas visited include Malammadori, Kafin Hausa, Kaugama, Taura, Ringim and Jahun.(NAN)

By Abdullahi Mohammed

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