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In line with Governor Willie Obiano's determination in making the state self sufficient in rice production, rice farmers have achieved three cycles rice farming in a year.

The success story which was achieved through the state International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, Value Chain Development Program, VCDP, an intervention program attracted by the Obiano led administration recorded six-point-three tons per hectare.
Farmers participating in the state International Fund for Agricultural Development, Value Chain Development Program have harvested and threshed the first set of the dry season rice farm transplanted in November last year.
The farm located at Idoko Owusi in Omor, Ayamelum council area, will wittiness another transplanting in March which will be due for harvest in June before the wet season cycle.
Speaking during the harvesting and threshing, the Assistant Agric Production Officer, IFAD VCDP, Mr. Joseph Okonkwo said with total compliance to the best agronomic practices and early supply of farm inputs to farmers, the achievement of food sufficiency is assured.
Mr. Okonkwo urged farmers to embrace modern and mechanized farming and desist from orthodox way of broadcasting as according to him it often results to opoor yield.
The owner of the rice farm, Mr. Michael Afune who confirmed that they can comfortably cultivate three cycles of rice farming in a year said, he recorded more yield in the dry season than in the wet season.
He applauded the state IFAD VCDP for equipping them with the threshing machine and other numerous farm inputs but however, appealed for the sinking of tube wales and pesticides

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