No fewer than 3000 farmers in southern Kaduna have gotten rice seedlings in order to improve the production of rice and also curb the menace of hunger in eight Local Government Areas of the state.
Rural Post learned the gesture was attributed to a lawmaker representing Jaba state constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. (Dr.) Monday Samson Dikko, in partner with a foundation known as ‘When in need’
While distributing over 1000 bags of rice seedlings to the farmers in kwoi town, the headquarters of Jaba local government area, the partners explained that the idea was bent to reduce poverty, increase food security, and accelerate income generation, and economic growth of the people of Southern Kaduna.
They added that all the local government areas in the zone will benefit from the ‘fight the hunger’ initiative.
They stressed that rice has become one of the leading staple foods in Nigeria and its consumption has increased faster than production resulting in growing dependence on importation.
Hon. Dikko, and the CEO of the foundation, Dr. Chetaci Ecton Dikko, agreed that the donation came from their savings, noting that the gesture was apolitical and devoid of religious and ethnic sentiments.
Partners in this gesture had urged the beneficiaries to ensure that they plant the seedlings to boost harvest in the land.