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“Empower Taraba to End Food Shortage, Rice importation – Gov Ishaku tasks FG

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Empower Taraba to End Food Shortage, Rice importation – Gov Ishaku tasks FG

By Sule Barwa, Jalingo

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has appealed to the federal government (FG) to invest more in the agricultural sector of the state to boost food security in the country.

The Governor said that the state has the potentials to supply the country with the needed rice only if the federal government would empower the state with funds, inputs, and other implements.

Ishaku disclosed this when he received on a courtesy visit, the market enterprise adviser of International Food for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Value Chain Development Program VCDP, Hajiya Fatima Muktar Buhari at the government house in Jalingo.

He explained that the records of rice production in the last six years in Nigeria has proven that his state has the ability to help end the idea of rice importation into the country.

According to him, IFAD-VCDP, transformation system in the production of rice in the country which Taraba is currently topping amongst states has made him to go on more research work where he realized the potential and capacity of the state in rice production.

Earlier, the Market enterprise adviser IFAD-VCDP, Hajiya Fatima Buhari, disclosed that Taraba state has been the pride of Nigeria in rice production since the coming of IFAD-VCDP program.

She noted that Taraba has been top in payment of counterpart fund which gives farmers in the state advantage over others.

“We are proud of Taraba state, you have distinguish yourself among rice producing states to be the pride of Nigeria.

For the past six years now, Taraba has been top in terms of rice production since the intervention of IFAD-VCDP program and we want to appreciate the governor for being prompt in the payment of counterpart fund which is giving farmers in the state advantage over others”. Buhari expressed.

She commended governor Ishaku’s administration for the efforts been made in ensuring the success of IFAD-VCDP program in the state and boosting the rice production level of Nigeria.   

Mr. Irimiya Musa, the state coordinator IFAD- VCDP, expressed that the administration of governor Ishaku has made the IFAD-VCDP program proud in Taraba, thank the governor for the prompt payment of counterpart fund and appealed for continued efforts to ensure IFAD-VCDP succeed in her dreams.

Empower Taraba to End Food Shortage, Rice importation – Gov Ishaku tasks FG

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