The Nigeria Paddy Aggregation Centres Strengthening (NPACS) project, has said it was collaborating with the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), to create data on the quantity of paddy rice produced in Niger.
‘‘At the end of this exercise we hope to generate data to determine the amount of paddy rice produced annually in Niger state,’’ he said.
Oroh said that the measure would support the development of paddy aggregation centres by various stakeholders in the state.
‘‘We have the responsibility to guide our farmers in the development of paddy aggregation centres,’’ he said.
He said that the objectives of the NPACS include increasing the management and operational capacity of Paddy Aggregation Centres (PACs) in the country.
The Project Director said that NPACS would increase farmers’ access to inputs and outputs, as well as markets through PACs.
He expressed hope that the programme would increase farmers’ income and livelihood opportunities through engagement with PACs.
Similarly, Dr Matthew Ahmed, VCDP Coordinator in the state, said that if the programme was well nurtured the state would be the largest producer of paddy rice in the country.
Ahmed called for supply of tractors, threshers, winowers, drying slabs, potable water, perimeter fence and other facilities to make the paddy aggregation centres functional.
He also advocated for the commercialisation of the centres, to sustain them.
Also, Malam Mohammed Kontagora, Chief Executive Officer, Shea Agro, Nigeria Limited, an investor, said that the measure would bring about standardised paddy rice in the market.
The stakeholders agreed that the meeting being the first would subsequently be held quarterly.
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