As per recent information available, it has been reported that stakeholders have urged the Nigeria government at all levels to create an environment that would enabled to lead to sustainable rice production through provision of farm inputs and credit facilities to the farmers. In this regard, the stakeholders had also spoken with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews across some South West and North Central states. Further, in these aspects Dr Aliyu Umar of the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi, Niger, narrated to NAN that the Federal Government must create an enabling environment that would lead to sustainable rice production in the country.
Moreover, in this matter, specifically, Dr. Umar emphasized that there was a need for a sustained funding for research on rice if the latest government's initiative to improve rice production was to work. It was also stressed that mechanizing rice farming and processing operations should be considered. In addition, there should also be available and affordable producing inputs for farmers to able to produce enough rice in the country and even to export. Furthermore, the government should also guarantee a realistic price for the rice produced while the ban on importation should be enforced. It was also revealed by Dr. Umar that there should be rehabilitation of old irrigation structures and expansion across the country too.
As explained, in this matter by one of the integrated rice farmers, Mr Prince Ogunsina that the farmers and research institutes across the country must be mobilized and funded for effective production of rice. While, Mr Ogunsina told that the factors such as lack of funds, inadequate milling machines, birds, grass cutters, herdsmen, climate change and government's policy were all responsible for the limited rice production in the country. It was also narrated to the NAN that there was no tangible financial support for farmers in particular by the state and federal governments for the production of rice. However, the IFAD and FADAMA III are doing their best but political farmers and privileged people hijack the opportunities from grassroots farmers, who should have been benefitted from programmes under the Federal Government's initiative as it was described.