By Our Reporter
In line with the prominence giving to agriculture by his administration, Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has approved the release of N88m as counterpart fund to participate in the Value Chain Development Programme, an initiative of the Federal Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Engineer Sule disclosed this on Tuesday, during the handing over ceremony of agricultural equipments donated by the Japanese government, which held in Azara, Awe Local Government Area.
He said the vision of his administration is to see that Nasarawa State produces at least 25 percent of the total rice production in the country.
The governor, while restating the commitment of his administration to give agriculture its pride of place as the major mover of the economy of the state, disclosed that the state government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IFAD for participation in the value chain development programme, a scheme aimed at improving cassava and rice value chain for small.farmers.
While emphasizing on the out grower scheme, a contract farming involving agricultural production being carried out on the basis of agreement between buyers and small farmers, Engineer Sule further disclosed that Olam group is currently having over 10, 000 hectares of land in Rukubi of Doma Local Government Area, for the rice value chain development, especially with the out growers.
He added that presently, Olam Farms has over 4000 out growers, with more to come from other commercial rice farmers like the Azman Farms and Dangote Group coming into the state.
“I commend Olam for this and I call on all the other commercial farmers who are coming into Nasarawa State to copy from Olam, so we can continue to empower our farmers,” he stated.
Engineer Sule said his administration is poised to place Nasarawa State on the global map as being a front line rice producing state.