Nigeria: Taraba to Host Pilot Wet Season Rice Project

Taraba State is to host the wet season rice planting programme, which is designed to create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for 1,000 women and youths in the pilot phase.

The initiative will create strong and effective linkages to quality agro-input and services, including mechanisation, credit, insurance, technology, information, and market for rural farmers to improve their livelihoods and build sustainable agriculture.

It will be a sustainable rice transformational programme which empowers clusters of women and youth agripreneurs farming together on a contiguous arable farmland to produce high quality and quantity of paddy rice for processing during the wet season farming.

The farmers are to produce high quality and quantity of paddy rice for processors to get high milling outturn which will increase the profit margin of the women and youths.

Project Coordinator, Fevick Resources, Samuel Oluwafemi Adeshina told journalists in Abuja, Tuesday that the new wet season rice farming project will link farmers to new technologies and high yield seedlings.

Adeshina said: “We can derive six to seven metric tonns of rice per hectares by introducing new varieties of very high yielding seedlings.”

According to him, this variety of rice seedlings will be tested to determine the ruggedness, virility and flood resistance to see how they will survive in submerged areas during serious flood and ozone depletion.

Taraba state is hosting the pilot programme and the farmers under Fevick Resource supervision will have three layers of credit open to them.