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Published On: Fri, Feb 2nd, 2018

Fuel scarcity: Rice farmers evolve new strategy to boost production

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From Umar Dankano Yola

Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN has established a new method of providing petroleum products to its members in Adamawa state.
The Acting Chairman of the Association in the state,Mr.Stephen Maduwa disclosed the development in Yola Thursday while addressing the members at Buggare irrigation site over the fuel shortage hampering their production.
Maduwa said that commencement of the sales of petrol on control price to its members engaged in dry season farming is to power their water pumps.
Maduwa said the measure was taken in collaboration with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
He explained that, the current fuel scarcity which has seriously affected irrigation farmers in the rural areas made the association to seek the help of DPR in securing 3,000 litres of fuel on weekly basis to be sold to members at government control prize of N145 per liter.
“What we did to further assist you is to bring it to cluster points like Buggare to ensure only genuine farmers benefitted,” Muduwa said.
He urged government to look into the possibility of linking the irrigation sites with electricity to power the water pumps.
“With the current steady supply in electricity if government will link up the sites with electricity, our farmers will just drilled boreholes and connect to irrigate their farms with minimal cost.
“What you will spent on electricity in one month will be expended in less than one week on fuel,” Maduwa said.
Some of the irrigation farmers who spoke at the occasion said the measure was a welcome one and a big relief to farmers.
Abdullahi Ali, a farmer said he used to spent N300 to buy a liter of fuel for his irrigation pump but the measure taken by RIFAN had helped him to obtain the commodity at the control prize of N145 per litter.
“This is a big relief and the first of it kind by RIFAN to proved its commitment to facilitating government policy on rice production,” Ali said.

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