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Rice farmers commend WB and Nigeria’s support

Rice farmers commend WB and Nigeria’s support
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The initiative supports food security, export and livelihood enhancement.

The World Bank and the Nigerian government have received a commendation from rice farmers for their initiatives in the “Agro Processing Productivity Enhanced and Livelihoods Support” project aimed at alleviating their challenges. The APPEALS is a project that will operate for six years and was established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank to promote the policy’s emphasis on food security, trade facilitation, and the betterment of livelihoods.

Ever since the intervention’s inception, almost 9,000 people, which include youth and women, have benefited from the operation in the rice, cocoa, and poultry sector. Cross River is one of six states participating in the project, along with Lagos, Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, and Kogi. However, following APPEALS’ assistance, farmers in Cross River central of Idomi in Yakurr LGA and Ekureku in Abi LGA of the two rice clusters in the region are now engaged in the technique of processing and marketing their harvest.

New mechanism introduced reduced waste and improved yield.

They reported an increase in production, improvement in grain quality, a decrease in wastages, effective time usage, and higher income as a result of the intervention, all of which contribute to a better living for them and their family. Mr. Eni Ugobo, chairman of the Idomi cluster rice value chain, noted that It was a really serious issue before APPEALS’ assistance, in which farmers had to pay a lot for manual laborers who sometimes fled after receiving their upfront fee, making rice production difficult and yields poor output.

According to Ugobo, the task is now completed more quickly because they began utilizing machines they received when the APPEALS initiative came along. They now complete tasks that used to take three days in a single day. Because they can destone the rice, it is packaged better. He said that customers now come from both inside and outside the state as he spoke. Before the intervention, parboiling rice was wasted a lot. But now the mechanism gets rid of waste, and the paddy waste, which is the bran used to dispose of, now serves as firewood for heating. Now they mill for other neighboring communities’ farmers, and they have also enrolled their kids in school. Ugobo noted that life has improved.

Despite the disastrous flood, APPEALS encourages farmers to continue.

Mr. Samuel Elemi, cluster chairman of Ekureku-Anon of Abi local government area, testified to the advantage to the farmers, who have been motivated and glad to continue to operate at the mill in spite of recent flooding. Elemi added, business was extremely challenging; they couldn’t even meet up after the cluster founded Voda Rice Processing Factory. Since the APPEALS involvement, cultivation and production have improved with the introduction of FARO 44, a Nigerian rice variety with a high yield, long grain suited for lowlands and uplands, good milling quality and some disease resistance.

Previously, they would harvest just around 37 bags per hectare, but now they can gather about 50 bags. The level of affection between them has increased significantly. It wasn’t like back when they were taking out loans with expensive rates of interest. However, he is now sure with certainty that they are improving. They urged the World Bank as well as the Nigerian government to offer more funding to boost expansion, particularly for initiative beneficiaries who were committed to the project.

Beneficiaries are also trained to utilize machines to enhance productivity.

In a similar manner, Mrs. Gloria Ogban, who worked as a facilitator for the rice value chain as part of the Cross River APPEALS project, stated that the purpose of the intervention is to enhance value addition and increase the amount of productivity that small and medium-scale farmers were able to achieve. According to what she said, the program was giving technical support and teaching the beneficiaries how to successfully employ the machines to advance their products and develop profitable connections to markets.


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5 months ago

Rice farmers commend WB and Nigeria’s support – The initiative supports food security, export and livelihood enhancement. – Express your point of view.

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5 months ago

This type of gesture from the World Bank is seriously needed at this time because hunger is really affecting the masses and one of the stable Nigeria food is rice which every household suppose to have access to in an affordable price.

Abusi
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9
5 months ago

I’m happy our local farmers are being recognized and recommended for the way they have given enough output in the rice production. They should be encouraged more to do better.

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9
5 months ago

Kudos to their WB for their support towards Nigeria concerning rice production been one of the most consumed food in our country and the government needs do more.

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8
5 months ago

Farmers indicated that the intervention led to an increase in productivity, an improvement in grain quality, a decrease in wastages, effective time usage, and increased revenue, all of which helped them and their family live better.

Member
9
5 months ago

In response to the World Bank and the Nigerian government’s efforts to improve their livelihoods, Nigerian rice farmers have praised the Agro Processing Productivity Enhanced and Livelihoods Support project.

Member
9
5 months ago

This is the kind of developmental intervention we need in Nigeria as it will boost productivity in the country.

Member
8
5 months ago

To further the policy’s focus on food security, the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the World Bank launched a six-year project called APPEALS.

Member
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5 months ago

Nonetheless, with APPEALS’s help, farmers in Cross River central are employing the method of processing and marketing their product in the communities of Idomi in Yakurr LGA and Ekureku in Abi LGA, the two rice clusters in the region.

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8
5 months ago

Nigerian rice farmers praised the World Bank and Nigerian government’s Agro Processing Productivity Enhanced and Lives Support programme for improving their livelihoods.

Member
9
5 months ago

Farmers reported better lives for themselves and their families as a result of the intervention’s effects on productivity, grain quality, waste, efficiency, and revenue.

Member
8
5 months ago

As a direct result of the intervention, they reported an increase in productivity, an improvement in grain quality, a decrease in wastage, more efficient use of their time, and an increase in income.

Member
8
5 months ago

Because it will increase overall production in Nigeria, this is exactly the kind of developmental initiative that is required in the country.

Member
9
5 months ago

pleasant to know that the task may now be finished in a shorter amount of time because they started using the equipment that they obtained when the APPEALS project was introduced.

Member
9
5 months ago

Rice as been the number one food we consume most so we need to encourage the out farmer so they can continue doing well that will increase the productivity thank to world bank for supporting our rice production more of this should be done by our government to make things easier for us

Member
8
5 months ago

Rice cultivation was made difficult and produced low yields as a result of the armers having to pay a high price for manual laborers who, after being paid their upfront charge, occasionally ran away.

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9
5 months ago

Like the way they advocated for initiative beneficiaries who were dedicated to the project to receive additional funds from the World Bank and the Nigerian government to boost expansion.

Member
10
5 months ago

Thanks to work bank for supporting us. Nigeria government is not doing the needful for a long time. So many countries has support us in my ways

Member
9
5 months ago

I’m happy our local farmers are being recognized and recommended for the way they have given enough output in the rice production. They should be encouraged more to do better.

Member
9
5 months ago

With the support of the World Bank and Federal Government in the production rice. This will help resolving food scarcity that may affect the country by 2023. Thanks to WB and the FG. They deserve the commendation.

Member
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5 months ago

World bank and the FG really must be commended for their support and effort in rice production in Nigeria. This will address the scarcity of food the year 2023.

Member
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5 months ago

Ever since the intervention’s inception, almost 9,000 people, which include youth and women, have benefited from the operation in the rice, cocoa, and poultry sector.