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Presidential address: Gombe rice farmers laud FG’s investment in agric sector



Presidential address: Gombe rice farmers laud FG’s investment in agric sector

By Peter Uwumarogie

Some farmers in Gombe State have praised the federal government’s massive investments and interventions in the agricultural sector.

They praised it on Saturday in separate talks with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Gombe, while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech to commemorate the celebration of Democracy Day.

Umar Ibrahim, a rice farmer, said the president’s speech renewed his hope that the agricultural sector would return to its glory days of the pyramids.

Ibrahim said the current administration has invested resources to empower farmers, giving them the ability to grow crops in large quantities.

“As a farmer and recipient of agricultural loans under the Anchor Borrowers program; I can testify that I have benefited from the intervention of the federal government which has really helped me expand my farmland and increase rice cultivation.

Alhaji Musa Arab, another rice farmer and miller, told NAN that government policies have helped boost local consumption of agricultural products in the country.

Arab said the intervention created many direct and indirect jobs through the cultivation, milling and marketing of rice in Gombe state.

“I started with less than ten workers but now I have hired more young people who work in my rice mill”, it is the effort of the federal government. Hundreds of flour milling companies are springing up every day.

“If there was no market, it wouldn’t happen. That is why we congratulate President Buhari for closing the border against importing rice and for stopping foreign exchange for importing rice.

“The federal government has done well for the farmers in Gombe State and we are very happy,” he said.

Mohammed Kwadom said the recent launch of the Rice Pyramid in Gombe State was a sign that the federal government was on the right track and that “we the farmers will remain grateful to the President.”

Kwadom, however, called on Nigerians to support the federal government in its efforts to address some of the security concerns in order to maintain the achievements made so far in agriculture.

NAN reports that President Buhari, in his Democracy Day address, said the Anchor Borrowers program caused Nigeria’s food import bill to drop sharply from $ 2.23 billion in 2014 to $ 0. , $ 59 billion at the end of 2018.

In addition, the bill for rice imports alone has risen from $ 1 billion to $ 18.5 million per year. (NAA)


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