By Lola Omowaye
Having realized that Ondo State among other states in the Southwest Nigeria has a fertile land for rice production aside the focused cassava crop, the FADAMA Additional Financing 1 project is set to expand the production horizon of rice beyond the present level in the state.
Revealing this was the National Project Coordinator, NPC of FADAMA, Mr. Tayo Adewunmi while responding to questions from The Hope on while the State lag behind in mass production of rice like some northern States of the Federation.
According to him, Ondo State has chosen cassava as its major crop under FADAMA components, but was later discovered that the state is good for rice production.
Meanwhile FADAMA rice has already been harvested in Ogbese and Aule but not sufficient to be noticed, and now to experience more focus.
His words: “What happened is that under our Additional Financing just like what the Federated chairman said earlier on, in the main FADAMA, our people are focusing on tree crops, livestock, aquaculture and all that, but our FADAMA Additional Financing 1 is focusing on four value chains which are cassava, rice, sorghum and horticulture tomato.
“When we started in 2014, the Ondo State government wrote a letter that cassava is their comparative crop, so it was during vision that we realised that..(cuts in)… We did what we call Lagos corridor and we said let’s involved all states in southwest) it was very successful and we now realized that the Southwest states have good potential for rice and that started sometimes early last year, and that’s why we are promoting both rice and cassava”.
To buttress his point of readiness of the project to ensure mass production of rice in the state, the Community Development Officer of FADAMA in the state, Mrs. Jumoke Bakare noted that proposed site for rice factory mill has been arranged with necessary machines secured.