The Enugu state government has restated it plans to begin the production of rice twice a year by the middle of next year following the ongoing rehabilitation of Ada Rice in Adani community of Uzo-uwani local government Council of Enugu State
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Matthew Idu disclosed this last week in an interview ugamatv stating that Ada rice will Bring back normalcy in the state and help provide an enabling environment for rice farmers to be able to have water to produce rice twice yearly.
Stating that the research institute are also at work to make sure that farmers have shorter span of rice production by cross breeding , for instance he explained,
“In the past 15 years Eri5, 1416, Bg90 rice was what we eat, but today we eat faro44, faro 46 this is the function of the government ,faro 46, 1416 rice is a very sweet rice but short rice but Bg90 is longer rice but has longer span of production, what we do is cross breed them to have a shorter life span of production and we came out with faro44 rice which has a shorter time of production”.
According to the Commissioner, “Enugu state is an agrarian state, they are predominantly farmers, our farms are very good in the area of rice production
“I believe with the ongoing project at Ada Rice farm area, by the middle of next year, farmers will be able to produce twice a year” he stated.
Stating that Uzo-uwani is reputed for rice cultivation and production. ” Its prowess in this area is due to the existence of vast agricultural area good enough for rice farming.
He Stressed that “Ada Rice farm has the potential of close to four thousand hectares of land, including 1000 hectares of land which was used for offices but out of the 4000 hectares for farming, 1200 hectares was developed
“But the rice farm later went into dilapidation , after 2008 and 2011, and alot of things went wrong, the irrigation was not functioning.
“But presently, the resuscitation and Rehabilitation of Ada rice is under Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the federal Republic of Nigeria that has made it possible to bounce back
“Work is seriously ongoing there, the carnals is been lined with concrete unlike before is was lined with soil. The main carnal, the secondary the tertiary canal and the the drainages, all will be lined with concrete.
“So the lining of the carnal, building of farm road, 65 kilometres road within the farm and the bridges, work is ongoing now.
He noted that 3.1 billion naira project in ongoing in Ada Rice presently, made possible by the Governor, of Enugu state Rt Hon Ifeany Ugwuanyi
Stating that “If he dose that, and the contract are awarded, by ongiong and farmers produce twice a year, that will be record breaking because there is no other southeast state that produces rice twice in a year
“We are at the forefront, no other state dose better than us in rice production, We have already overtaken,
“We have fadama in this state, initially we thought it was only uzo uwani that has rice but we discovered 7 more local government with fadama rice, which includes, Ezeagu, Isu- Uzo, Ogbuoka, Nkanu east , Anniri ,Oduma, Awgu, Orji-River nmam river. we have the potential we are over shooting
“The Governor has also purchased 35 destonining machines, and gave it to right processors so they can use it to process package and sell rice on there own”
He recalled that It was the coal city rice that was shared to people during pandemic last year.
“We meet with the farmers, and they Milled rice ,package and gave to our people” he stated.