Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria,RIFAN has flagged off its multi billion naira 2019 dry season rice farming.
RIFAN President, Aminu Goroyo, said during the flag off in Abuja, that the project was executed under the Central Bank on Nigeria Anchor Borrowers programme .
The president however, said that the association was working out the fund modalities with the bank.
He said that the planting would commence simultaneously in the 774 local government areas of the 36 states of the federation and FCT.
Goroyo said that each state and the FCT would commence distribution of high breed seeds and farm inputs to over 700,000 participating farmers that were expected to cultivate 570,000 hectares of land.
He said that most farmers are enthusiastic about the dry season farming because they were sure of high yields.
Goroyo stressed that the federal government decision to ban rice importation was another source of encouragement as it had started yielding the desired result.