Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Kaduna State chapter has distributed rice seedlings, fertilisers and pesticides to 1,390 farmers across the three senatorial zones for the 2021 wet season farming .
The Association said beneficiaries were picked in areas which are not or less affected by banditry.
Thus, 900 rice farmers in Zone one Senatorial District were beneficiaries,while 190 and 300 rice farmers were beneficiaries from zone two and three respectively.
Speaking at during the distribution of the agricultural inputs, RIFAN State chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Umar Numbu said the inputs were loans which the beneficiaries have to pay either in cash or commodity exchange during harvest season.
He said, “On behalf of Kaduna State Rice Farmers Association, you are welcome to 2021 wet season special project. As it is today we are operating in the three Senatorial zones of Kaduna State.
“In zone one we have about three clusters, in zone two we have a cluster and zone three we have a cluster. And it goes like this; in zone one we have 900 farmers, 900 hectares, so it is one farmer, one hectare. They are the beneficiaries of this inputs distribution.
“We are distributing fertilisers, 30kg of improved rice seedling and inputs and pesticides. This is to ensure the boost in rice production in Kaduna State under RIFAN anchor borrowers programme.