Kebbi rice farmers to get help from Thailand


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Author Shuaibu Tatu

The Thai Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Wattana Kunvance, said his country would provide production technical knowledge for rice farmers in Kebbi.

Kunwangse gave confidence on Friday when he made a kind appeal to the emir of Argung, Alhaji Samayla Meere, in Argung.

“The purpose of my visit to Kebbi State is to explore ways to promote the development of the rice value chain by training rice farmers with new rice production methods that we have in our country,” he said.

The envoy reaffirmed the commitment of the Thai government to training farmers and officials of the State Department of Agriculture for new rice cultivation techniques.

“The Thai government will sponsor rice farmers to get agricultural training to increase production; our goal is to develop agriculture, especially rice production in Kebbi State, ”he added.

Kunvanss stressed that a bilateral agreement between Thailand and the Kebbi State would be mutually beneficial in this regard.

However, he called for greater commitment to realizing the objectives of the agreement.

Speaking, Alhaji Attahiru Maxido, State Commissioner for Agriculture, said that "the state is the leading rice producer in the country, kindly provided by the Anchor Borrowers Program, launched by President Muhammad Bukhari in November 2015."

Maksido said that the program increased the production capacity of rice farmers in the state from 300,000 tons of rice per year to more than two million tons.

He promised the willingness of the state government to partner with the government of Thailand or any relevant agency in the development of the rice production chain in the state.

Emir Argungu, Mera, thanked the Thai government and the state of Kebbi for their cooperation to increase rice production in the state.

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