Increase in demand for rice excites farmer


A large scale rice farmer in Asaba, Mr. Raymos Guanah, has said the demand for locally-produced rice is on the increase.

Guanah, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Raymond Guanah Farms, Illah, near Asaba, Delta State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba that such a positive development was heartwarming.

He said local rice “is well processed and cheaper than imported ones, hence the increase in demand.”

“Nigerians are beginning to be aware that there is much difference between locally-produced rice and imported ones. Local rice is very nutritious.

“The rice we produced last year has been bought, we have nothing left in stock,’’ Guanah said.

Guanah, a former Commissioner for Lands, noted that one of the reasons for the increased patronage was because the rice processed in the farm contained no stone or sand.

He said: “Because of the increased patronage in 2015, we are expanding our farm this year and this will result in more harvest at the end of this farming season.

“In 2014, we cultivated 100 hectares and harvested about 300 tonnes of rice, while in 2015, we cultivated 300 hectares and harvested about 900 tonnes.

“This year, we are expanding our cultivation to 600 hectares. The essence of this is to have more rice to sell.”

Guanah said the multi-million naira processing mill the government inaugurated in the farm in 2014 had the capacity to produce about 200 of 50 kg bags of rice per day.


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