Students visit Kebbi rice pyramids at Zauro
Secondary school students of different institution have visited Kebbi rice pyramids at Zauro in an educational excursion to keeping abreast with the rice revolution of incumbent administration of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
The students were enthusiastic about the recent fifth commemoration of the Anchor Borrowers’ programme and the flagged-off of rice festival, which led to springing up of thirteen rice pyramids visited by them this Saturday.
The students were joyful about such remarkable agricultural feat by the government which made it a reality that food surplus could be obtainable by Nigeria.
They held photo session and appraised paddy rice on display with delightful pleasure.
The Kebbi State Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, Alhaji Muhammad Sahabi Augie briefed the students on the position of rice cultivation in the country before the advent of the Anchor Borrowers programme initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari which was launched in Kebbi state in 2015 and subsequently practiced by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to fruition.
He informed them that about seven hundred thousand metric tonnes of paddy rice were cultivated before the Anchor Borrowers Programme, but after, launching of the scheme the capacity rose to four million metric tonnes per annum, which made it possible for Nigeria to stopping importation of foreign rice.
On their part, the students commended both federal and Kebbi state governments for recording such massive agricultural production and made inquiries about the Anchor Borrowers Programme as well as the farming matters which were responded to by the RIFAN Chairman.
Schools which partook in the excursion tour to the rice pyramids were Nagari College, Birnin Kebbi, Emir Haruna Rasheed College, Birnin Kebbi and Government Girls Comprehensive College, Argungu.
The rest were Dr. Amina Abubakar Girls College, Birnin Kebbi, Government Girls Unity College, Birnin Kebbi and Kanta College Argungu.
The students were accompanied on the visit by their respective principals and teachers.
Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari
Chief Press Secretary