By Chris Ochayi
To ensure massive rice production in the country, the Third National Fadama Development project is collaborating with the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanism (NCAM) and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria via an international initiative to boost rice production using simple cultivation technology.
The National Project Coordinator of Fadama project, Mr. Bukar Tijani who disclosed this while speaking during the collaborative meeting in Abuja, explained that the Fadam project is specifically designed to increase the incomes of users of rural land and water resources on a sustainable basis.
He explained the aim of the collaboration was to further improve rice production as an integral part of the mandate of the project towards reducing poverty, unemployment through improved agricultural activities particularly in the rural areas as a means ensuring food security.
The Fadama III Project and NCAM according him would work closely to ensure that Fadama groups are well trained for the adoption of the technology, which provides for a simple method of rice farming through bounding, pudding, levelling and smoothening of the soil.
In his remarks, the Acting Executive Director, National Centre for Agricultural Mechanism (NCAM), Engineer Ike Azogu, explained that the organisation would collaborate with the Fadama project under an improved rice production technology known as â€˜SAWAHâ€™ Technology Project.
The technology he said places high emphasis on water, soil fertility and weed management to achieve higher yields was said to has been domiciled in NCAM for the last eight years.
Engr. Azogu stressed further that, because of the close linkage of Fadama III project with farming communities was considered a veritable platform on whcich the technology could thrive effectively taking into cognisance its wide coverage of about 641 local government areas in Nigeria.