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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Guanah charges FG to establish rice mills

Anthony Nwakagho/NaijaAgroNet

The Chairman, Raymos Guanah Farms (RGF) Mr Raymos Guanah has called on the Federal Government to establish rice mills in the rice-producing states in the country.

Guanah made the call in Asaba, Delta State, stressing that establishing rice mills would alleviate the burden of rice farmers looking for where to process their products and add value to their products.

NaijaAgroNet learnt that Guanah, who was the former Commissioner for Lands and Survey in Delta, that it’s also necessary for government to establish post-harvest storage facilities across the country to enable farmers preserve their products.

He charged government to ban importation of rice, subsidise agro-chemicals and farm implements to aid small scale farmers as only the provision of subsidy on fertilisers is not enough to boost rice farming.

He lamented that even though the country is blessed with arable land the greatest challenge faced by small scale farmers in the country was lack of government’s assistance and advised against politicising agriculture.

NaijaAgroNet noted from this technocrat turned farmer that it would be laudable for government to find ways of engaging members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in farming instead of allowing them to cluster in government offices doing nothing.

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