“We can provide the nation with 10 million tonnes of rice, if…” — Taraba Governor

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[Taraba]–Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has said on Monday that the state had the potential to produce 10million tonnes of rice, the annual demand of the country, with adequate financing and availability of modern equipment.

The Governor made this known in Ardo-kola at a stakeholders’ meeting of the PDP’s delegates representing Jalingo and Ardo-kola.

Ishaku noted that lack of sufficient funds had undermined the capacity of the state’s rice farmers to produce at an optimum level.

He however said the state government was determined to support farmers in the state with farm inputs and improved seeds to increase their yields.

“Recently, there is a high demand of bennie seeds in our markets; though, I do not know what they are doing with it. We have acquired its improved seed.

“We have also acquired hybrid seeds of soya beans and of course, cassava, because I will soon revive our cassava processing plant.

“When that is done, it will bring the total companies I revived to five out of the 25 companies that were in comatose when I took over.” Ishaku said.

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