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Rice farmers want access roads, schools

The Zabarmari Rice  Farmers Association in Borno State have appealed to the state government to construct access roads to their community.

A Spokesman for the farmers, Alhaji Umaru Dan_Maigyara, made the appeal while speaking with the journalists in Zabarmari, Borno State, on Tuesday.

He said that the provision of access roads would facilitate the movement of their produce to the market.
He said that they were now compelled  to sell their produce within the community as they could not transport them to the market.

“We sell our produce mainly in the village because we have problem evacuating to the market in Maiduguri. This has turned the area to a semi_rice market.

“But lack of access road had often made it difficult for buyers to travel to the village as the only road often get cut off once the rainy season begin,” he said.

According to him, all representations to the government on the problem had not yielded any positive results.
“I believe the community has all what its takes to produce sufficient rice to feed the country and
even export.

“But the absence of processing machines and otherequipments had always hindered our efforts as most Nigerians prefer polished rice to the local variety,” he said.

Dan_Maigyara said the communities also lacked a central market for its produce.‘We are appealing to the state government to establish a rice market close to our village.“This is because most people find it difficult to visit our village to buy our produce especially during the rains,” he said.

Dan_Maigrara also called on the government to construct both primary and secondary schools in the settlement to provide access to education for their children.

“The 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.

“But we have been able to set up a community schoolthrough self_help effort. So we are calling on government to construct a secondary school for us and take over the running of the community school for efficiency,” he said.

Zabarmari,located just about 40 kms from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital is a rice farming community with about 10,000 households. The farmers produce an average of one million bags of unprocessed 100 kg bags of seven rice varieties annually. They include De gold, Cameroon, Baban Fari, Tanko, Dan Maizube, Gajere and Yar Wuri.

Malam Aliyu Dabo they were ready to mobilise people to the farm but it was too early to do so since the rains had just begun.


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