The Thailand Ambassador to Nigeria, Wattana Kunwangse says Thailand is ready to offer rice farmers in Kebbi State technical expertise.
The Ambassador made this promise during his courtesy visit to the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, in Argungu.
“The aim of my visit to Kebbi State is to explore ways of promoting the development of the rice value chain via the training of rice farmers in new methods of rice production, which we have in our country,’’ he said.
The ambassador assured the commitment of the Thai government to training farmers and officials of the state Ministry of Agriculture in new methods of rice farming.
“Thailand’s government will sponsor rice farmers to acquire agricultural training to boost their production; our focus is to develop agriculture, particularly rice production in Kebbi State,’’ he affirmed.
While calling for more commitment in efforts to actualise the objectives of the agreement, Kunwangse said the bilateral agreement between Thailand and Kebbi State would be of mutual benefit.
In his response, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Attahiru Maccido, said that the state leads in rice production in the country, courtesy of the Anchor Borrowers Programme launched by President Muhammad Buhari in November 2015.
He pledged that the state government would work together with the Thai government or any relevant agency in efforts to develop the rice value chain in the state.