Zamfara rice farmers targets 450,000tons under Agicultural Transformation Programme
Irrigation farmers registered under the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Programme (ATP) in Zamfara State have targeted production of 450,000 tonnes of paddy rice this year.
Ahmad Durumbu, the chairman of the state’s Rice Producers’ Association, said in Gusau on Sunday that although 450,000tonnes was the target set for the entire North West zone, Zamfara planned to meet the target.
He said 44,000 hectares of land, with a projected yield of about 250,000 tonnes, was being prepared for paddy rice production in Bakalori irrigation site this year under the programme.
Durumbu said other complementary irrigation projects in the 14 local government areas of the state had the capacity to produce 200,000 tonnes of paddy rice because farmer had been enthusiastic about the progrmme.
He said that the programme would create employment opportunities for 50,000 farming families in the state through accelerated rice cultivation, processing and marketing.
“This programme is real and we have seen it right from the take-off; what remains is for our people to take advantage of it and generate wealth for themselves.’’
He also said that the programme would guarantee the much-talked-about food security in the country, and by extension, national security.