Nigeria: Neglect Threatens Production of 4m Tonnes of Rice in Borno


Despite its ability to produce four million tonnes of rice and cultivation of one million hectares in a year, the road to Zabarmari Community in Jere local government area of Borno State has remained a shadow of itself.

According to the indigenes who are mostly rice farmers, apart from poor road network and absence of other basic amenities begging for government's attention, the community with the population of over 300, 000 settlers also want government to assist the rice farmers with modern farm tools.

Government's intervention through the rehabilitation of the road linking Zabarmari to Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, as well as loans to the farmers , the indigenes said will increase production of rice that can feed the north east and by extension , Nigerians.

Speaking yesterday in Maiduguri, the chairman Zabarmari Rice Processing and Farmers Association, and an indigene of Zabarmari, Hassan Mohammed, appealed to the federal government to replicate what it has done in Kebbi to Borno through the provision of irrigation dams to improve rice production in the state.

He added that potential in Zabarmari rice if harnessed by the federal government, Borno will join Kebbi, Ebonyi and Lagos States in the production of rice that will be sufficient for not only Nigeria, but Africa, in addition to creation of Jobs to the teeming Youth.


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