Chairman, Raymos Guanah Farms Ltd., Illah, near Asaba, Barr. Raymos Guanah, has urged farmers in Delta to take advantage of the emerging market in agricultural sector by increasing their production.
Guanah made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba.
He said that the Federal Government’s Anchor Programme on Agriculture had expanded the market for farmers in the state and they should tap into the initiative.
The chairman said that in line with the programme, the Delta State government had inaugurated a Marketing Committee that would buy agricultural products from the farmers.
He said that with this, farmers in the state should have no fears about glut of agricultural products.
“The burden of looking for market has automatically been removed from the farmers in the state,”he said.
He said that under the initiative, Raymos Guanah Farm had been designated a centre for the processing of rice, palm oil, fish and cassava products from farmers in the state.
According to him, the farm has modern rice mill, fish dryers, oil palm mills and cassava mills to take all the supplies from across the state.
He however regretted that some of the mills were still idle for lack of supply of paddy and other produce for processing.
“We are the undertakers for processing all the rice that is produced in the state but for the past two months the mills have been shut down due to lack of raw materials from farmers.The good news is that, we are not processing only rice. We also process fish, oil palm and cassava.So, farmers in the state need not worry about the market for the produce because we can take it all and pay them.”
Guanah said under the arrangement, the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Industry (BOI) and the state government would provide the farm some financial support to enable it to buy produce from farmers for processing.
The chairman further said that the farm would diversify into cassava cultivation to also take advantage of the initiative.
He expressed hope that when more farmers keyed into the programme, there would be all year round processing of rice in his farm, adding that with the initiative, any committed farmer in the state could make fortunes and live a good life.(NAN).