Rice Farmers has been charged to make adequate use of the improved rice seedlings and rice implements Abia Government has provided for them.
Speaking at the event held at Bende Agro Services Rice Field at okpotom bende, in bende Local Government Area, the Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Agriculture Mrs, Uzoamaka Ikonne, promised to sustain the Abia Farmers to make them produce enough rice that would feed the state.
According to her, gone are the days when Farmers engage in subsistence farming, as Abia State is investing more in commercial farming and also charged Abians not to depend on crude oil only as the major pillar of Nigeria’s economy but should see Agriculture as a means of employment for the teeming youths.
In his speech, the co-ordinator of the Abia State Accelerated rice Development Programme Pastor Okechukwu Dike, assured the Government and people of Abia State that in the next two years importation of rice would stop, as they would be producing enough rice that would be able to feed Abia people and even export.
He disclosed the existence of osikapa Abia rice center in the state, where rice is milled and sold and also noted that up to 20,000 bags of osikapa Abia has been sold as they are poised to produce more.
Highlights of the event was the ceremonial planting of rice and the presentation of Farming implements and rice improved seedings to the Farmers to support them.