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Food Security: Intl Research Institute Develops New Flood Resistant Rice

10 November 2017 News

A new variety of flood resistant rice has been developed. 

The variety was developed by an International ‎Research Institute, Africa Rice.

A Research Associate of the Institute, Mr. Audu Saleh Dogo made this known at a Farmers‎ Rice Field Day in Majin Gari Village, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

Mr. Audu Dogo said the new variety ‎was developed to avoid the lossesb rice farmers incur during flood.

The Zonal Project Coordinator of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme, Mr. Ibrahim Haruna- Manta noted that the scheme has positively impacted on many lives with its innovative programmes in Rice, Cassava and Sorghum productions.

Mr. Ibrahim-Manta Pointed out that the programme would in the first quarter of next year establish a rice processing centre in the area.

The Director Agricultural Services and linkages in the Niger state Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Abba Aliyu explained that the programme has assisted in engaging rural farmers in all year round farming. 

Alhaji Aliyu said the state was embracing the new Federal‎ Government -CBN Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme to actively empower youths in Agricultural ventures.

Radio Nigeria correspondent Isaac Oomidi ji  reports that the beneficiaries of the programme expressed hope that with all the good agricultural practices introduced to them, locally produced rice would meet all export standards.

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