The Ekiti State Government on Sunday said it intends to produce of over one million metrics tonnes of rice within the next couple of years.
Mr Olabode Adetoyi, Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, made this known in Ado Ekiti at a news conference ahead of the official launch of the ” Ekiti Rice Pyramid Project” and flag off of the 2021 Wet Season Rice Cultivation, scheduled for Tuesday.
According to him, Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, would perform the inauguration of the rice pyramid project while Gov. Kayode Fayemi, would be the chief host.
The commissioner said the state was embarking on massive production of rice so as to be able to meet both local demands and for export.
He explained that the state government had brought in investors, who were ready to invest in planting and processing of rice, adding that the product would be of high standards and stone free.
Adetoyi added that the state government was working assiduously towards ensuring that youths ventured into farming by making it more attractive and lucrative, through various agricultural incentives
He assured farmers in the state that the government would not fail in providing adequate security for them to enable them go to their farms anytime without entertaining fears. (NAN)