Rice Farmers Association Of Nigeria (Rifan)
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has said Nigeria produces 8 million tons of rice annually, adding that the country is the largest producer of rice in Africa.
The minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Heineken Lokpobiri, has decried the abuse of the Economic Community of West African States protocol, which allows neighbouring states to bring in rice into Nigeria.
Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu, who is the vice chairman of the national food security council, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has shown unprecedented commitments to agriculture development in Nigeria.
The President Muhammadu Buhari campaign is to receive the sum of N1.77 billion from tow farming groups, the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and Fertilisers Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN).
President Muhammadu Buhari said reportedly said that the agriculture sector has significantly reduced the rate of employment in the country as over 12 million Nigerians have ventured into rice production in the last two years.
Flood has destroyed 280 hectares of rice farm in Iguoriakhi and Iguomo in Ovia Northeast and Ovia Southwest local government areas of Edo state. Report has it that affected farmers have lost millions of naira in investment.