The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Kaduna State chapter has distributed rice seedlings, fertilisers and pesticides to 1,390 farmers across the State’s three senatorial zones.
The Association’s State chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Umar Numbu, who spoke during the distribution said the inputs were loans which would be paid back by beneficiaries either in cash or commodity exchange during harvest season.
“At harvest time RIFAN will receive its loan payment 100 per cent. We pray that the farmers succeed because if they succeed they will have a surplus. We will collect our own. And if the farmers choose to sell the rice to us, we will buy them instantly. If you are not selling we allow you to take it home.
He disclosed that beneficiaries were picked in areas that were not or were less affected by banditry.
In his explanations, he said 900 rice farmers were captured in Zone one Senatorial District, while 190 and 300 rice farmers from zone two and three respectively.
“As it is today we are operating in the three Senatorial zones of Kaduna State.
“In zone one we have about three clusters, in zone two we have a cluster and zone three we have a cluster. And it goes like this; in zone one we have 900 farmers, 900 hectares, so it is one farmer, one hectare. They are the beneficiaries of the distribution of this input
He further stressed that about 30kg of improved rice seedling and inputs and pesticides were distributed to ensure a boost in rice production in the State under the RIFAN anchor borrowers programme.
Numbu, however, expressed sadness over the state of security in the State but noted that the clusters marked are free from insecurity.
“There are little security challenges in those areas. We pray that insecurity should be curtailed in those areas as farmers go into activities,” he added.