The Zabarmari Rice Farmers Association in Maiduguri on Sunday, called on the Borno Government to provide it with modern processing machines, to add value to their produce.
Alhaji Umaru Dan_Maigyara,Â spokesman of the Community, in an interview in Maiduguri, lamented that they lacked modern equippment to produce polished rice.
â€œWe are predominantly a rice farming community located just about 40 kilometers from the state capital. We produce an average of one million bags of unprocessed rice annually.
â€œWe produce seven varieties of rice_ De gold, Cameroon, Baban Fari, Tanko, Dan Maizube, Gajere and Yar Wuri.â€œBut our best brand is De gold which has similar characteristics with the imported Thailand Caroline brand.
â€œThe remaining six varieties also have the potentials of competing in the international market,â€ he said.
â€œBut the absence of processing machines and other equipments had always hindered our efforts as most Nigerians prefer polish rice than the local ones,â€ he said.
Dan_Maigyara said the communities also lacked good roads to transport theirÂ produce. â€œWe are appealing to the state government to establish a rice market close to our village.
â€œThis is because most people find it difficult to visit our village to buy our produce especially during the rains,â€ he said.
Dan_Maigyara also called on the government to construct primary and secondary schools in the settlement to provide easy access to education for their children.
â€œThe only public school in the settlement was built about 30 years ago and the pupils then finished school in class two when the only teacher posted to the school left.â€œBut we have been able to set up a community school through self help efforts. But we needÂ governmentâ€™s assistance,â€ he said.