By Yunusa Abdullahi.
Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN ) has Condemned the moves by some unscrupulous Nigerians for the importation of Foreign Rice into the the country.
The Adamawa state Secretary General of the Rice Farmers Association Mr. Steven Madwa who led members of the Association in a peaceful rally against the importation of the Rice said RIFAN is capable of feeding the people of the country ,pointing out that there is no need for any importation as the local rice is more healthier and safer for consumption.
The Association expressed it's appreciation to the Federal Government for introducing Anchor Borrowers Programme to farmers across the country, stressing that with this programme Farmers have a sense of belonging in contributing their own quota to the socio economic development of the nation .
The state Secretary General of RIFAN also explained that their target of producing available Rice by the end of year 2017 is a reality, explaining that RIFAN have the capacity to produce a minimum of Nine Million metric Tons of Rice per annum.
While receiving a letter of protest, the Secretary to the State Government Dr Umar Buba Bindir who represented Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla commended the leadership of RIFAN for their maturity exhibited during the protest match against the importation of Rice into the the country and assured them that their protest letter would be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for taking necessary action.
Dr Umar Bindir also thanked the Association for the confidence shown to the present Government stressing that the change Mantra of the Government is for the real.