Farmers in rural villages and settlements have been urged to grow rice for personal consumption and establish compost pits to provide organic manure for their farms.

This was the message by Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, the Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy during his recent visit to the West last week.

The Minister also made a commitment to farmers that the Ministry of Agriculture would assist farmers in these initiatives.

“We want every village to have their own rice field. We will provide rice seeds to villages.

“What villages needed to do is identify between five to ten acres of land that will be set aside for rice production. Clear the land and prepare it ready for planting.

“In three months’ time after planting, the rice is ready for harvesting,” he said.

He said the Ministry would assist with planting materials and machinery as well to help with harvesting.

Further, he said the rice was meant for personal consumption so villagers would no longer buy rice from the supermarket.

The Hon. Dr Reddy also encouraged villages and settlements to develop communal compost pits to produce organic fertilizer for their farms.

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