Rice Farmers in Gombe State who benefited from dry season farming inputs under the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrower Programme have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for investing in the agriculture sector.
Some of the beneficiaries, who gave the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Monday, said that four bags of fertilizer, a bag of improve variety of rice seed, water pump and insecticide were given for a hectare.
NAN reports that the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in the state has commenced the distribution of farming inputs to the beneficiaries for 2019 dry season farming.
Malam Hamisu Ahmadu said the Federal Government’s gesture under President Muhammadu Buhari had helped them to get good yields in dry season farming.
According to him, the gesture will encourage them to continue with farming to boost their economy and that of the country at large. He added that he received the inputs for three hectares and assured the government of using it judiciously and repay back on time.
Another farmer, Abubakar Musa expressed satisfaction with method of distribution of the inputs, saying that every registered farmer got the commodity irrespective of his political affiliation.
He commended the government for providing them with water pumps as it would help them to boost paddy rice production.
Malam Mamman Adam, another farmer appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government in helping the less privileged members of the society to get such inputs.
According to him, the gesture will definitely boost food security in the state and the country.
Adam advised the association and the government to ensure early distribution of inputs, suggesting that such efforts should be done in January.
A female rice farmer, Maryam Usman, said the programme would help in improving the economy of the country as they were engaging youths to work for them on daily payment.
According to her, she received inputs for one hectare of land and this encouraged her to double her production of rice. (NAN)