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Edo focuses on rice, maize, cassava production


The Edo State Government says it has acquired  10,600 hectares  of land for its agricultural programme with focus on rice, maize and cassava production.



Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said in a statement on Tuesday the  land was already being  cultivated.



Osagie said rice farming was already on in Iguoriakhi, Iguomon, Illushi, Agenebode and Warake “while farmers are hard at work in maize farms in Ekpoma, Usugbenu and Sobe.”



He said, “We have an off-taker agreement and intend to harvest 17,000 metric tonnes of rice by cultivating 4,000 hectares of land and 11,000 tonnes of maize by cultivating 6,600 hectares of land at the end of the planting season in 2019.



“Off-takers are on the ground to buy off the produce, so farmers are assured of buyers for their produce.”



Osagie said not less than 2,000 farmers were expected to benefit from the agricultural programmes.



He added that the state government  had engaged the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending as its technical partner.
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