By Mohammed Sani Mu’azu
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has trained 80 rice farmers on climate resilient practices in pice production.
The training was organized in collaboration with Flaming Investment Frontiers. Participants were drawn from across the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State.
Speaking, the minister of agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar said the training is aimed at curtailing the effect of flooding on rice production which is occasioned by climate change.
The minister, who was represented at the occasion by Epidemiology Officer Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar added that the training will equip the participants with the requisite knowledge on how to cultivate new varieties of rice that can withstand the effect of flooding.
He said the participants would also be given chemicals that are safe for use and would also be educated on the right way of applying the chemicals, with a view to improving yield.
On his part, the Director Extension Federal Ministry of Agriculture Bauchi Office, Mr Broobs Michael represented by a principal agriculture officer at the ministry Mr Tambul Halilu Buba said the training was prompted as a result of flood incidence that led to the destruction of so many rice farms in northern states during last year’s rainy season.
He explained that the ministry has been organising such types of training on different value chains, and after this training, another one on Yam is on the way, as some parts of the state have been identified as suitable for Yam production.
The Extension Officer called on the participants to adopt the new innovations and step down the knowledge gained for the benefit of all the farmers in Bauchi state.
In 2022, a flood destroyed thousands of farmlands and property projected to be worth over N21 billion naira in Bauchi State.