The Agricultural Transformation Programme Phase I (ATSAP 1) is targeting 20, 000 metric tons of paddy rice at the end of the incoming dry season farming in Niger State.
It also created 2280 jobs across the rice value chain in the seven local government areas of Agaie, Lapai, Katcha, Gbako, Lavun, Mokwa and Wushishi, the Zonal Programme Coordinator, ATASP-1, Malam Ibrahim Haruna Manta has disclosed.
The programme, developed by the Federal Government with collaboration with the Africa Development Bank (ADB), is aimed at attracting private sector investment to agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses, add value to rural agricultural produce, develop rural infrastructure and enhance access of farmers and other value chain actors to financial services and markets.
Speaking during the activities marking the 2017 Rice Farmers Field Day organised in collaboration with Africa Rice, Malam Manta said the 20, 000 metric tons projection covers both wet and dry season.
The Permanent Secretary, Niger State Ministry of Agriculture, Malam Yusuf Bako Kagara, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Alhaji Abba Aliyu, commended the collaboration by ATASP and Africa Rice towards boosting food security and reduce unemployment across the state.