FG establishes rice trading center in Jigawa
The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to establish a rice trading centre in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa.
Alhaji Auwalu Ado, the Director, Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA), stated this at the inauguration of the project on Thursday in Auyo.
Ado said that pilot trading centres would be established at major rice producing areas of the state to promote trade on the produce.
He said that the gesture was part of the government’s effort to encourage agricultural activities and boost trade on farm produce.
The director explained that the centres would be equipped with processing and packaging equipment to add value to the produce.
“This is part of a comprehensive programme for the provision of markets, hand pumps, schools and clinics in farming communities.
“It is also designed to enhance farmer enterprising skills to fast-track rapid social and economic development of rural communities,” he said.
Ado added that the Federal Government had initiated various programmes to accelerate rice, wheat, cassava, maize and cash crop production.
In his remark, Jigawa Commissioner of Agriculture, Alhaji Kabir Ali, welcomed the gesture, adding that it would go a long way in encouraging production and ease movement of produce to the market.
Ali said that establishment of the centre would also promote competition and boost state’s revenue base.
He added that the state government had initiated farmer support programmes to expose farmers to modern farming and processing techniques.
Also commenting, Alhaji Idris Maiunguwa, The Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in the state, commended the Federal Government for its support to farmers.
Maiunguwa noted that the government had demonstrated high sense of commitments toward encouraging growth of agriculture and improving the overall well-being of farmers in the country.