Etiki State Government has unveiled plans to launch its very first Rice Pyramid project to boost the production of the staple crop in the state, targeting over one million metric tons.
The project, according to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Olabode Adetoyi, will be launched by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele in Ado-Ekiti.
The state government, through the project, is also keen on meeting the local and international demand for rice, to further boost the state’s economy, the commissioner noted.
Adetoyi said that investors in the state have shown readiness to invest in rice production, noting that the product would be of high standard and stone-free. These investors, he added, have been allocated lands to plant rice, cocoa and palm oil.
Over 40,000 hectares of land have been made available for land clearing and development, he said, pointing that 5,000 hectares were for commercial agriculture and 1,000 hectares for swampy rice production along river banks and valleys of the state.
The commissioner assured farmers that the government would not fail in providing adequate security on farms. He said security measures would be put in place to make farming more attractive to the youths of Ekiti.
“The government of Japan has brought in some equipment such as harvesters to provide high-quality rice production in the state.
“Top notch rice processing plants like Stallion, Dangote and Jumlar rice were all allocated land in a premium location in Ekiti Knowledge Zone, for quality rice production,” Adetoyi said.