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Delta rice farmers seek FG, others collaboration to set up mill
By Okies Veeky & Ohwofasa Rita
RICE farmers in Delta under the auspices of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Delta chapter have called for collaboration between the federal and state governments and other well-meaning Nigerians as well as agencies and organisations to help them set up a rice mill in the state.
This call was made by Madam Onofe Loveth Ufuoma, Delta State women leader, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) during the official flag off/launching of a rice milling machine at Orerokpe, Okpe local government area.
Madam Onofe who spoke at the occasion which also saw the empowerment of farmers from Okpe, Isoko South, Isoko North, Ethiope East, Ethiope West, Uvwie and Sapele council areas appealed to the federal government for assistance.
She said that setting up a rice mill in the state will go a long way in encouraging rice farmers to grow rice in commercial quantity, adding that it will also empower farmers to fight against poverty through agriculture.
According to Madam Onofe, “having a rice Mill in the state is our major problem and this is why we are calling on both the state and federal governments to come to our aid. The first rice we produced from the state was taken to Kogi State for milling and because of the cost of transportion, we did not make any meaningful profit. This is why we are asking all well meaning Nigerians and the government to come to our aid.”
She added, “we need the sum of N8.5 million naira to set up this rice Mill in Delta. If we can see someone that could loan us the money and tell us to pay back for the next five years, we will be ready to partner with that person because we are ready to work. We want the government to come to our aid. But unfortunately those that the government empower are not the true farmers. We are the real farmers and we are ready to support the government if they also support us.”
Speaking on the empowerment programme, the Delta State Women Leader of RIFAN disclosed that the Association distributed spraying cans, chemicals, rice seedlings, pumping machines and hoses to all members in the seven local government areas in the state.
Madam Onofe spoke further, “today, we have distributed one hundred pumping machines, three hundred spraying cans, forty cartons of chemicals, three bags of rice seedlings, ten hoses in and ten hoses out. We have thousands of farmers benefiting from this programme across the state. Today we have seven local government councils that benefited from this programme.”
She also appealed to Nigerians to go into farming, saying that this will remove the country from the poverty we are experiencing.
The Delta State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Hon Chika Peter Ossai, assured farmers in the state that the state government will do all it can to support them.