26th March, 2017
Mr Wellington Omoragbon, a Director in Edo Ministry of Agriculture, said the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has trained no fewer than 50 farmers from rice clusters in the state.
Omoragbo disclosed in Benin on Sunday that the training was in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI)’
He said that farmers from Illushi, Anegbete and Agenegbode Local Government Areas of the state participated in the training aimed at building their capacity on field management of seeds and padding production.
”It is a new initiative designed to sustain rice development and production in the sub-Sahara Africa.
“It is designed to empower small scale rice farmers and to support them with improved seeds and agro-chemicals at 80 per cent subsidy.
‘’The farmers will also get assistance in the marketing of the yields,” he said.
According to him, there are similar programmes in Ekiti, Abia, Anambra, Jigawa and Nasarawa States.