National Cereals Research Institute equips Rice Farmers to prevent losses, boost production.  

Written by on November 5, 2021

National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Niger State, says it aims at equipping rice Farmers at different levels, to prevent losses and boost production.

An Assistant Director with the National Cereals Research Institute, Dr. Danbaba Nehemiah, stated this during a training on rice post-harvest, processing, value-addition and entrepreneurship organized by Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING).

Dr Nehemiah also talked about the project, which is powered by transforming irrigation management in Nigeria.

He believes that with such interventions, Nigeria would become self-sufficient in rice in a very short time.

Dr Nehemiah who is also the Head, Ibadan National Station of National Cereals Research Institute, said transforming irrigation management in Nigeria has provided a matching grant for prospective entrepreneurs which will be focused on beneficiaries.

TRIMING is implementing a developmental project in 5 States in the River Basin of the North, part of which is value chain development, and that the training attracted trainees from Zamfara, Sokoto, Gombe, among others.

——- Participants laud Agricultural initiative.

Meanwhile, Participants at the ongoing training on rice post-harvest, processing, value-addition and entrepreneurship say the initiative will go a long way in broadening their horizon in making better use of rice for economic gain.

They advised governments and organizations to provide loans for participants.

Salome Musa Ephraim enumerated the benefits she gained from the training.

Ms. Ephraim, who is a participant from Gombe, spoke on what she was taught about 7 to 10 things to make with rice, such as flour and birthday cakes, Chin-chin among other pastries. She added that the knowledge gained is her loan, even though they were advised to go to commercial banks for loans. 

Anthony Samuel

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