Lagos – Ahead of the expected completion and commissioning of the Imota rice Mill by December, Lagos State government has trained and empowered rice farmers on good agricultural practices to improve their yields.
Abisola Olusanya Acting Commissioner of Agriculture in the state while speaking at the opening ceremony of a three-day capacity building for rice farmers on current production practices in the rice value chain on Tuesday at the Agric Training Institute, Araga, Epe.
She pointed out that empowerment of the rice farmers was also geared towards ensuring the sustainable supply of paddy by the Rice farmers particularly bearing in mind the imminent completion of the State-owned Imota Rice Mill project.
“It is expected that if these farming techniques are adopted by the farmers in the next planting season, it will result in an increase in paddy production in the State to an expected average yield of four tonnes per hectare,” she said.
Olusanya explained that the capacity building was expected to give all participating farmers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in modern and improved rice farming techniques.
She added that the training would also expose the farmers to efficient harvesting methods by using the most up-to-date agricultural practices to ensure maximum output, improved yield as well as to derive maximum return on investment.