Following a banned on importation of foreign rice through land border by the Nigerian federal government to promote the country local rice produced.
On Friday, Mr Raymos Guanah, a rice farmer and Chief Executive of Raymos Guanah Farms told newsmen in Asaba that the rate of demand for local rice had increased, saying that his farm had multiplied its harvests of rice since 2015.
The farmer said: “In 2014, we harvested 300 tonnes, while in 2015, we got 600 tonnes.
“In 2016, we had 900 tonnes and as I speak with you now nothing is left, we were able to sell all of it,''
The Chief Executive explained that Nigerian citizens have now gains more interest in local rice than foreign rice, which made the rate of demand for local rice to increased,
Mr. Raymos said that that his farm management plans for this year was to produce 3000 tonnes of local Ebonyi rice to feeds Nigerians.
He stated that: “Nigerians are becoming more aware that there is so much difference between the locally-produced rice and the imported rice,''
He also said that the high quality of the local rice increased the demands, saying it contains
“no stone, no sand'' strategy.
Mr. Guanah speaks about helps from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), also urged them to extend their Anchor Borrowers Programme(ABP) to other farmers, than limiting it to only cooperative societies.
He proved that some farmers are involved in mechanised farming, while cultivating larger area of land than many cooperative societies.