Yenagoa- The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. David Alagoa, says about 3,500 rice farmers across the state are currently engaged as beneficiaries of the Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme and Anchor Borrowers programmes.
He said in Yenagoa the state capital that the two programmes were part of the government’s investments in agriculture in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to revamp the sector.
Alagoa decried a situation where foods consumed in Bayelsa were supplied from outside the state.
He said, “We are committed to change this trend. This administration will achieve it through its two-prolonged policy of food security and mechanised farming.”
Alagoa described the policy as participatory, stressing that the government was prepared to partner communities by providing the necessary inputs for farming and harvesting.
The commissioner said the administration would also play the role of an off-taker but would not buy or acquire any land.