Posted by News Express | 22 December 2017 | 1,089 times
Beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme have produced 1,500 bags of rice by 100 Amnesty beneficiaries. The beneficiaries, during their training and mentorship phases, nurtured, milled and packed 1,500 bags of high quality rice grains. This process took place in a farm in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State.
The above view is contained in a press statement signed and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by Mr. Wabiye Idoniboyeobu, media consultant to Brig-Gen Paul Boroh.
According to him: “The next phase of their reintegration would be their full empowerment. This would entail allocation of land, and necessary rice farming Implements, to the trained ex-agitators. Over 50 actual ex-militants are part of this group.”
He made known that “agencies like the Bank of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and the Anchor Borrowers Programme have already keyed into this success story by partnering to support these new farmers moving forward.”
“It is expected that when large scale production starts, the rice produced would be sold in the market cheaper than the normal rice currently to ease the plight of the common man. By this, the success of the Amnesty Programme not only improves the lives of the beneficiaries, but also eases the lives of the public,” Wabiye asserted.
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