The Institute for Agricultural Research, Zaria, on Thursday, exposed rice farmers in Nasarawa State, to the procedure of boosting dry season production using technology.
Prof. Henry Ibadun of the institute, during a field demonstration of the technologies at Azuba Bashayi community near Lafia, said it would go a long way to ensure cost-effective rice production during dry season.
According to him, the project under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and Water Enabler Compact (WEC) programme, would make rice production attractive to the youth as a lucrative business.
He advised government to support agriculture with the necessary machinery that would attract and harness the strength of the youth in order to boost the sector.
Alhaji Sulieman Gambo, state Commissioner for Agriculture represented by Yakubu Jamal, thanked the institute for introducing the technologies to rice farmers in the state.
He assured that government would do it’s best to sustain and ensure the utilisation of the technologies by farmers in the state for optimum dry season rice production.
Similarly, Mr Joshua Jonathan, chairman of Bukan-Sidi, rice innovation platform lauded the institute for implementing the programme in the state.
He said the gesture was a solution to the lingering water management challenges being faced by dry season rice farmers in the state.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole