NARPPMMAN solicits govt partnership to boost rice production

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

The National Rice Producers, Processors, Millers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (NARPPMMAN) has called for partnership with Nasarawa State government in areas of tractors, tillers, threshers, planters, millers, destoners, colour sorters among other inputs to enable them boost production and create rice pyramid in the state.

The state Chairman of NARPPMMAN, Abel Jilemsam made the call on Tuesday at the inauguration of the association’s local government areas Executive, held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

According to him, creating a rice  pyramid in the state was achievable, due to fertile soil that is available for farming activities in the state, saying that increased rice production would also attract investment, encourage local consumption and patronage, as well as improve capacity of all actors.

He said NARPPMMAN will remain competitive locally and internationally and draw government’s attention to the challenges faced by value chain players, attract funding from government, private financiers and partner international organisations directly involved in rice value chain.

“As an organisation in the rice value chain, we are determined to harmonise our experiences in all areas of success and challenges to build massively to move rice commodity to an enviable stage to create the desired impact on the link between the value chain players from down to upstream.

“This will create specialisation among the actors, make the operational structure seamless, as well as create access to sustainable funding, structured market, fair pricing and a guaranteed off-take.

“NARPPMMAN is the new hub in the agricultural sector aimed at showcasing all the potentials in rice chain. Let us therefore, join hands to develop modern agriculture as the association has a lot to offer,” he said.

He, commended the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule for driving agricultural policies aimed at developing modern agriculture in the state.

He, however, appealed to the governor, to extend his rural development programme to the construction of bridges across river Wuse in Azara Development Area, Rutu river linking Doma and Kokona LGAs, as well as construction of Gidan Gambo-Gwayaka-Gallo-Mankwar-Jibiyal rural roads in Lafia East Development Area to aid transportation of farm produce to market places.

Also speaking, the National President of the association, Mustafa Ahmadu, represented by the Vice Chairman in-charge of North Central, Ishaku Samaila, appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for encouraging rice farmers for optimal production.

The national chairman also appreciated Governor Sule for the support given to the association and requested more support from the state government.

Responding, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Nuhu Oshafu, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Nuhu Bunu, said the state government will continue to seek areas of collaboration with the association and appealed for more robust network.

“This is because the vision and development objectives of government of Engr A.A Sule in Nasarawa State is aimed at giving agriculture its rightful place as the mover of the state economy.

“It is on this background and commitment that the state government signed MoU with FAD/ FGN for the state participation in the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) where N88 million was released as the state counterpart fund to that effect,” he said.

He, therefore, congratulated the members of the association for coming under one umbrella for the purpose of rice production and urged them to sustain the tempo.

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