Benin- The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(FEMARD) on Tuesday trained 40 rice farmers on rice value chain in Edo.
The ministry also distributed 40 bags of 25kg faro 44 rice seeds to the rice farmers across the three senatorial district of the state.
The ministry also distributed two litres of glyphosate chemical each to the farmers.
Frank Kudla, the Director, Federal Department of Agricultural Extension (FDAE), while declaring the training opened said, the training was targeted at youths and women.
Represented by the State Director of Agriculture, FEMARD, Kudla said the capacity building of youths on rice was a concerted effort aimed at improving rice production in state.
“We all know that over the past years rice has become one of the leading staple food In Nigeria and the consumption has increased faster than the production.
“Resulting in growing dependence on imports. To curtail these, the Ministry through the department is empowering women and youths on rice production along the value chains.
” To reduce poverty, increase food security, create jobs, and accelerating income generation and economic growth on an inclusive and sustainable basis
“The Ministry through the department is organizing this training on rice production, processing and marketing with the objective to enhance productivity.
“Create jobs as wells as develop rice enterprises in Nigeria,” Kudla said.
According to him, the efforts to improve and increase rice production would invariably contribute to the attainment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to ensure easy access to quality rice.
Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, the Programme Manager of Edo Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), urged participants to take advantage of the training to improve rice production and create wealth in the state.
The Programme Manager was represented by the Director of Technical Services, Sub-Programme, ADP, Mrs Fidelia Aikhuomobhogbe ,
Aikhuomobhogbe noted that the ministry had trained extension agents in the state to assist the farmers on modern agricultural practices.
Mr Monday Nana, a rice farmer from Illushi, Esan South East local government area of the state thanked the federal government for the training.
Nana said the training and the rice seeds received would help the farmers improve rice productivity in the state. End