Beneficiaries of the United States African Development Foundation Kebbi State Government USADF/KBSG Enterprise Investment on Agricultural Development have acknowledged the timely provision of fertilizer, pesticides and water pumping machines as pre-requisite to improving quantity and quality of rice production.
The Chairman of Dankwalle Rice Production cluster Argungu Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Adam affirmed this, while receiving the President of USADF Mr. CD Glin and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu on an on-the-spot assessment visit to Fadama Rice Farmers to ascertain the level of commitment by benefitting farmers aimed at making them maximize production.
The visit also served as forum to listen to suggestions from farmers on how best to provide them with further assistance.
Alhaji Abubakar Adam told the delegation that, since inception of the programme, his members have recorded increased rice cultivation in the area.
He was full of gratitude about the support given to farmers on time with required input such as seeds, water pumping machines pesticides and funds.
The Chairman said at present, the cluster has about 250 members cultivating paddy rice on about 250 hectares of land with additional 250 potential members from the other side of the river bank.
He announced that one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars was granted to them equivalent to forty one million naira as project proposal and training by USADF geared towards boosting skills and technical knowhow of the members.
Addressing the farmers, the President of USADF Mr. CD Glin who inspected large rice Fadama fields, expressed satisfaction about level of cultivation that could lead to bumper harvest.
Mr. CD Glin was emphatic that his foundation would offer additional backup to farmers in Kebbi state in recognition of the quality and quantity of paddy rice and large hectares of land under cultivation which was an indication that the programme has impacted positively on farmers.
The President told farmers that, Kebbi State has been adjudged among the best performing states which has been attributable to the policy and commitment of incumbent administration of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
Mr. Glin indicated readiness to strengthen collaboration with the state government towards assisting farmers, pastoralists and groundnut processors improve their activities.
Earlier, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu hosted the USADF President, United States embassy officials on courtesy call at the Government House, kick-off of the USADF/KBSG Enterprise Investment Programme as well as led them on inspection to rice fields in Argungu Fadama Area.
He was thankful to the foundation for selecting Kebbi state as one of the states in Nigeria to benefit from the scheme.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu reaffirmed commitment to consolidating partnership with USADF in view of the importance of the programme for the benefit of the people.
He advised beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the funds to improve yields and economic entrepreneurship.
The Governor gave an assurance that the grant provided to rice farmers, dairy producers and groundnut oil processors would turn Kebbi state into a model of economic empowerment of the less privileged in the society.
In separate remarks at the kick-off of the programme, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Barrister Attahiru Maccido, Representative of US Embassy, PCC Representative, Garba Dandiga, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Joel Aiki, Chairman of Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce welcomed the launching of the scheme in Kebbi state while Adamu Garba gave an over view of the programme as most desirable.
Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari
Chief Press Secretary
10th February, 2020