Umuahia- Fifteen thousand Abia rice farmers are currently being trained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in its efforts to boost the cultivation and production of rice and discourage its importation into the country.
The Programme of the Agricultural Development (ADP), Chief Israel Amanze who dropped the hint when two Christian groups of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, Abia Region 6, known as the Men of Valour Organisation and the Success Group paid him a solidarity visit in Umuahia on Tuesday.
He explained that apex bank will also support rice farmers to produce more rice in the state.
The Abia ADP boss disclosed that the rice farmers being trained will also trained others under a programme packaged to enhance the cultivation of the cereal grain in greater quantity, pointing out ADP as an institution that educates farmers on how to produce better and increased yield will also in ensure that the farmers are assisted after the training.
Amanze assured that the agency will provide a conducive atmosphere for farmers in the state, saying that the state government has liaised with some agricultural agencies to provide some facilities to farmers to increase farming.
Earlier, the chairman of the Success Group of MFM Region 6, Umuahia, Mr Victor Ani had described the appointment of Amanze as reassuring, adding that as a renowned agriculturist, the appointee has already started to turn things around in the agricultural institution.
He lauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu repositioning the ADP by giving the right people to serve in the areas they are suited for, stressing that by the appointment farmers are now smiling their ways to their farms.