By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
Alhaji Aliyu Ndanusa, the Taraba Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on Friday assured Taraba rice farmers of adequate security by the command’s Agro Rangers to enable them achieve food sufficiency.
Ndanusa gave the assurance when he paid an unscheduled visit to the rice pyramid which the agro rangers are currently providing security for in Jalingo.
The commandant, who was visibly delighted with the volume of paddy rice at the store, assured the farmers that the agro rangers would continue to provide security for them in order to meet the Federal Government target for self sufficiency in rice production.
“I am here to see the result of the deployment of the agro rangers we have done to maintain peace between farmers and herdsmen.
“Agro rangers is the initiative of the Federal Government to ensure peace between grazers and farmers to as to guarantee food security,” he said.
Mr Tanko Andamin, the Taraba Chairman Rice Farmers Association (RIFAN) said the association was very pleased with the operations of the agro rangers in ensuring the safety of rice farms and storage centres.
He recalled how farmers were been killed or kidnapped on their farms before the intervention of the agro rangers.
Andamin explained that 16,000 rice farmers across the state were already recognized by the Central Bank assisted programme on rice production.
The chairman, who noted that 52, 000 additional rice farmers were in the process of completing their registration for recognition, said the target to register 100,000 farmers in the state to be able to showcase the real potential of Taraba in rice production.
Andamin, however said the late season flooding that affected the state had a negative effect on many rice farmers especially along River Benue axis.
He said the farmers were currently undertaking the dry season rice farms which he noted, promises to turn out bumper harvest.