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  •   Delta Govt laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood Delta Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Godfrey Enita on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on rice farm in the state The commissioner spoke with newsmen after inspecting a 100 hectares rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu Ajaji Illah Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state According to Enita the damage to the rice farm is colossal huge and massive In fact when the report got to me I did not know that it was of this magnitude When I first saw the video most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water That tells you how massive the loss but I must commend the farmer he is a dogged person because of his commitment These are people the government should encourage particularly for someone who had invest much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding Enita gave assurance that the state government would liaise with appropriate authorities to do what would be necessary to support the farmer to remain in business He noted that the magnitude of damage was enough to discourage the farmer if nothing was done to keep him afloat The commissioner said that the issues on how to secure the programme on food security would remain a national discuss He said that the issues of flooding had occupied the centre stage if the nation must sustain the policy on food security According to him we are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand The commissioner said that as state government there was nothing much that could be done to stop the flooding But we will continue to support our farmers in all ways possible to give them hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses Enita said On his part the Managing Director Merrybell Rice Farm Mr Felix Okonti who lost 50 hectares about 250 metric tonnes of rice farm to the flood said that his total loss was about N72 million According to Okonti the total hectarage under the river basin land development is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production Out of this I own 50 hectares and because we are mindful that there will be flood we first planed planting faru 44 but due to delay in inputs we opted for flood resistant variety called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high normally this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation As you can see it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare the gravity of loss is colossal It takes about 120 days three months for this variety to mature and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see there is nothing to salvage from the farm Okonti who encouraged himself said that in spite of the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November According to him the farm is insured and give the current market price the total loss is put at about N72 million He however advised the Federal Government as the manager of river basins and inland waterways to construct the needed dams along the River Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary Mr Ben Agamah Mr Okonti among others paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to a certain the extent of damage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood 
      Delta Govt laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood Delta Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Godfrey Enita on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on rice farm in the state The commissioner spoke with newsmen after inspecting a 100 hectares rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu Ajaji Illah Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state According to Enita the damage to the rice farm is colossal huge and massive In fact when the report got to me I did not know that it was of this magnitude When I first saw the video most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water That tells you how massive the loss but I must commend the farmer he is a dogged person because of his commitment These are people the government should encourage particularly for someone who had invest much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding Enita gave assurance that the state government would liaise with appropriate authorities to do what would be necessary to support the farmer to remain in business He noted that the magnitude of damage was enough to discourage the farmer if nothing was done to keep him afloat The commissioner said that the issues on how to secure the programme on food security would remain a national discuss He said that the issues of flooding had occupied the centre stage if the nation must sustain the policy on food security According to him we are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand The commissioner said that as state government there was nothing much that could be done to stop the flooding But we will continue to support our farmers in all ways possible to give them hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses Enita said On his part the Managing Director Merrybell Rice Farm Mr Felix Okonti who lost 50 hectares about 250 metric tonnes of rice farm to the flood said that his total loss was about N72 million According to Okonti the total hectarage under the river basin land development is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production Out of this I own 50 hectares and because we are mindful that there will be flood we first planed planting faru 44 but due to delay in inputs we opted for flood resistant variety called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high normally this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation As you can see it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare the gravity of loss is colossal It takes about 120 days three months for this variety to mature and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see there is nothing to salvage from the farm Okonti who encouraged himself said that in spite of the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November According to him the farm is insured and give the current market price the total loss is put at about N72 million He however advised the Federal Government as the manager of river basins and inland waterways to construct the needed dams along the River Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary Mr Ben Agamah Mr Okonti among others paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to a certain the extent of damage NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood 
    General news2 weeks ago

    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood 

    Delta Govt. laments as famer loses over N70m rice farm to flood    Delta Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Godfrey Enita, on Thursday expressed concern over the extent of damage wrought by flood on rice farm in the state.

    The commissioner spoke with newsmen after inspecting a 100 hectares rice farm taken over by flood at the Benin-Owena River Basin Authority in Ngegwu, Ajaji – Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

    According to Enita, the damage to the rice farm is colossal, huge and massive.

    “In fact, when the report got to me, I did not know that it was of this magnitude.

    “When I first saw the video, most part of the farm was above the water but as you can see, more than 70 per cent of the entire rice farm land is under water.

    “That tells you how massive the loss but I must commend the farmer, he is a dogged person because of his commitment.

    “These are people the government  should encourage, particularly for someone who had invest much and only to experience this huge loss due to flooding.

    ”Enita gave assurance that the state government would liaise with appropriate authorities to do what would be necessary to support the farmer to remain in business. 

    He noted that the magnitude of damage was enough to  discourage the farmer if nothing was done to keep him afloat.

    The commissioner said that the issues on how to secure the programme on food security would remain a national discuss.

    He said that the issues of flooding had occupied the centre stage if the nation must sustain the policy on food security.

    According to him, we are aware that dams will be opened and flooding will come but why something tangible has not been done to stem it over the years is what we cannot understand.

    The commissioner said that as state government,  there was nothing much that could be done to stop the flooding.

    “But we will continue to support  our farmers in all ways possible to give them  hope and encourage them to stay in their businesses,” Enita said.

    On his part, the Managing Director, Merrybell Rice Farm, Mr Felix Okonti, who lost 50 hectares (about 250 metric tonnes of rice) farm to the flood, said that his total loss was about N72 million.

    According to Okonti, the total hectarage under the river basin land development  is 100 hectares which was leased to the Delta State Government Ministry of Agriculture Assisted Rice production.

    “Out of this, I own 50 hectares, and because we are mindful that there will be flood, we first planed planting faru 44, but due to delay in inputs, we opted for flood resistant variety, called Buga rice variety from Jos which we planted in this field.

    “We did not envisage that the height of flood will be this high, normally, this variety is supposed to withstand the flood but this is not the situation.

    “As you can see, it has covered all the plants and going by the average of five to seven tonnes of rice per hectare, the gravity of loss is colossal.

    “It takes about 120 days (three months) for this variety to mature, and these have reached 72 days when the flood came and as you can see, there is nothing to salvage from the farm.

    Okonti, who encouraged himself said that in spite of the loss he would venture into dry season rice farming from November.

    “According to him, the farm is  insured and give the current market price, the total loss is put at about N72 million.

    He, however, advised the Federal Government, as the manager of river basins and inland waterways, to construct the needed dams along the River Basin to absorb the waters that cause havoc along the states in the area.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner in company of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Ben Agamah, Mr Okonti among others paddled on a canoe through the flooded rice farm to a certain the extent of damage.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Felix Okonti the National President National Cooperative for Commercial and Industrial Agriculture NACCIA says Delta has suitable ecology for growing special breed of rice Okonti said this during a courtesy visit on the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr Ben Agamah on Friday in Asaba The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okonti had earlier conducted an inspection tour of the proposed rice cultivation site at Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state NAN also reports that Okonti had earlier in the week with the President of Grow Corp Ltd and Thathrift Company Ltd ENOX Thailand said the partnership with Delta State Government would boost rice production and job creation According to Okonti the partnership is a perfect plan to tap into the robust ecology of the state and to grow Nigerian rice that will compete favourably with rice variants all over the world He said the visit was to showcase the special breed of rice which they intend to bring into the country Okonti said that Delta was chosen due to the suitability of the state s ecology for the special breed of rice He also said that the rice growing project was fully supported by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa led government and would be anchored in the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources He said that ENOX Thailand Company would be the leading company in the rice research and cultivation industry According to him with the coming of the companies rice growing will find a strong base in the state NACCIA is premised on aggregating small holder farmers who farm on a subsistence scale into clusters to enable them own farms The initiative is a long term project it will also provide employment opportunities for the populace Farmers will be supervised trained and given input quality seeds fertiliser and mechanisation We are lifting hundreds of thousands of persons out of poverty impacting them with skills and they will become very useful to themselves he said In her remarks Halimatu Ali President Grow Corp Ltd and representative of ENOX Thailand Company said that the company was considering the species of rice that would take only 95 days from planting to harvesting According to her this will go a long way in providing enough high breed quality rice for the Delta state market and beyond Responding Agamah said that the state has a robust ecology for agriculture and good enough for rice cultivation He said that the initiative was one that was dear to the heart of Gov Okowa who was particularly happy about the rice project in the state We have wetland and a hinterland that is good for rice production Delta State is the pride of Nigeria as you have the opportunity of knowing the whole of Nigeria exist here in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Food security: Delta ecology suitable for special breed of rice – NACCIA
     Mr Felix Okonti the National President National Cooperative for Commercial and Industrial Agriculture NACCIA says Delta has suitable ecology for growing special breed of rice Okonti said this during a courtesy visit on the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr Ben Agamah on Friday in Asaba The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okonti had earlier conducted an inspection tour of the proposed rice cultivation site at Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state NAN also reports that Okonti had earlier in the week with the President of Grow Corp Ltd and Thathrift Company Ltd ENOX Thailand said the partnership with Delta State Government would boost rice production and job creation According to Okonti the partnership is a perfect plan to tap into the robust ecology of the state and to grow Nigerian rice that will compete favourably with rice variants all over the world He said the visit was to showcase the special breed of rice which they intend to bring into the country Okonti said that Delta was chosen due to the suitability of the state s ecology for the special breed of rice He also said that the rice growing project was fully supported by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa led government and would be anchored in the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources He said that ENOX Thailand Company would be the leading company in the rice research and cultivation industry According to him with the coming of the companies rice growing will find a strong base in the state NACCIA is premised on aggregating small holder farmers who farm on a subsistence scale into clusters to enable them own farms The initiative is a long term project it will also provide employment opportunities for the populace Farmers will be supervised trained and given input quality seeds fertiliser and mechanisation We are lifting hundreds of thousands of persons out of poverty impacting them with skills and they will become very useful to themselves he said In her remarks Halimatu Ali President Grow Corp Ltd and representative of ENOX Thailand Company said that the company was considering the species of rice that would take only 95 days from planting to harvesting According to her this will go a long way in providing enough high breed quality rice for the Delta state market and beyond Responding Agamah said that the state has a robust ecology for agriculture and good enough for rice cultivation He said that the initiative was one that was dear to the heart of Gov Okowa who was particularly happy about the rice project in the state We have wetland and a hinterland that is good for rice production Delta State is the pride of Nigeria as you have the opportunity of knowing the whole of Nigeria exist here in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Food security: Delta ecology suitable for special breed of rice – NACCIA
    General news3 months ago

    Food security: Delta ecology suitable for special breed of rice – NACCIA

    Mr Felix Okonti, the National President, National Cooperative for Commercial and Industrial Agriculture (NACCIA), says Delta has suitable ecology for growing special breed of rice.

    Okonti said this during a courtesy visit on the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Ben Agamah, on Friday in Asaba.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okonti had earlier conducted an inspection tour of the proposed rice cultivation site at Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.

    NAN also reports that Okonti had earlier in the week with the President of Grow Corp. Ltd and Thathrift Company Ltd. (ENOX Thailand), said the partnership with Delta State Government would boost rice production and job creation.

    According to Okonti, the partnership is a perfect plan to tap into the robust ecology of the state and to grow Nigerian rice that will compete favourably with rice variants all over the world.

    He said the visit was to showcase the special breed of rice which they intend to bring into the country.

    Okonti said that Delta was chosen due to the suitability of the state’s ecology for the special breed of rice.

    He also said that the rice growing project was fully supported by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led government and would be anchored in the state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

    He said that ENOX Thailand Company would be the leading company in the rice research and cultivation industry.

    According to him, with the coming of the companies, rice growing will find a strong base in the state.

    “NACCIA is premised on aggregating small holder farmers, who farm on a subsistence scale into clusters to enable them own farms.

    “The initiative is a long-term project; it will also provide employment opportunities for the populace. Farmers will be supervised, trained and given input, quality seeds, fertiliser and mechanisation.

    “We are lifting hundreds of thousands of persons out of poverty, impacting them with skills and they will become very useful to themselves,” he said.

    In her remarks, Halimatu Ali, President, Grow Corp. Ltd and representative of ENOX Thailand Company, said that the company was considering the species of rice that would take only 95 days from planting to harvesting.

    According to her, this will go a long way in providing enough high breed quality rice for the Delta state market and beyond.

    Responding, Agamah said that the state has a robust ecology for agriculture and good enough for rice cultivation.

    He said that the initiative was one that was dear to the heart of Gov. Okowa, who was particularly happy about the rice project in the state.

    “We have wetland and a hinterland that is good for rice production. Delta State is the pride of Nigeria as you have the opportunity of knowing the whole of Nigeria exist here in the state.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN