A non governmental organisation, Competitive Rice Initiative (CARI) has launched a rice ‘supermarket’ at Amasiri, Afikpo North Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State.
The representative of the Foundation, Joe Sagoe who noted that the goal was to eliminate poverty stressed that this would be done by providing farm seedlings such as rice, agro-chemicals, and farm machineries to rural farmers.
“We would extend the farm market to other parts of the state where there is land mass for rice farming presently and in the future. I therefore urge the farmers to access the agro inputs, chemicals, machinery, among others from the supermarket which is presently near to them.” He said
Sagoe stressed that through CARI, over 90, 000 farmers would be engaged in inclusive business models increase yields from an average of 1.5 metric tonnes per hectare to six metric tonnes.
“It also aims at reducing importation and increasing exportation of rice paddy. CARI’s technical and financial assistance relied on the value chain approach to promote high quality and quantitative rice production.” He added.