FADAMA, Niger State Coordination Office has doled out rice processing equipments worth N72m to 24 processing groups across the state.
The rice processing equipments include, milling machine, false bottom pot per-boiler, destoner, thresher and winnower.
This is just as N3m worth of farm inputs were distributed to farmers for the 2017 wet season farming.
The state FADAMA Project Coordinator, Engineer Aliyu Usman Kutigi, while launching the equipments for distribution in Minna, said that out of the 24 processing groups, 12 groups are made up of women while the other 12 groups are made up of youths.
He said a group will be given a set of the processing equipments, which includes a miller, per-boiler, destoner, thresher and winnower; adding that each set costs N3m.
Kutugi added that the processing equipments will aid fast production of rice in the state and ensure its availability in the market. In the same vein, farmers across the state have gotten N3m worth of farm inputs for the 2017 dry season farming.
The farm inputs include pesticides, herbicides, rice seedlings and protective garments, such as hand-gloves, face masks and overall.
At the launching of the 2017 wet season farming at Kuchita Village in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State, the state coordinator said 5,000 hectares of two crop value chains, rice and sorghum is being targeted to be cultivated across the state in the 2017 wet season farming.
He said that is the reason why the farmers are being supported with production resources and technical support.