Niger Rice Cuts Imports, Says FADAMA, Niger State has contributed to the reduction of rice imports, the National Fadama Co-ordination Office has said.
Nigeria has been listed among the 16 top producers of rice with its local production valued at N684 billion ($1.9 billion).
Niger State produced 545,700 metric tonnes (MT) of rice to top the national production output for last year’s wet season.
The leader of the Technical Assistance Mission to the state, Dr. Samuel Alabi, who spoke during a visit to the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Haruna Nuhu Dukku, in Minna, said the quantity of rice produced in the state with the contribution of the state Fadama Co-ordination Office during the wet and dry seasons had greatly increased.
Alabi praised the state Fadama Co-ordination Office, saying the state added value to what Fadama is achieving nationally as the office have become a focus laboratory where experience meet with result delivery.
“Niger State Coordination Office has become a learning centre where opportunity meets experience and experience meets with result delivery. The state has become Fadama learning centre. We are indebted to Niger State for adding colour to the performance of the national office,’’Alabi said.
Dukku assured Fadama of the state support of its programme as it has proved to be of immense benefit to the people, especially in the rural areas.