Farmers in the Province of Rewa have been advised to consider large-scale cultivation of rice and to implement sound hunbandry practices of the commodity for their food and income security.
The Crop Extension Division held a rice demonstration field day at Burebasaga Village to promote the commodity as a stable source of income generation.
Senior Agriculture Officer, Mohammed Kadir Khan said the awareness program was conducted to attrct farmers’ interests to consider rice cultivation as a mainstay commodity.
“This program is basically to set up a rice demonstration production which the Ministry has been promoting and one of the programs is to set demo plots according to Ministry standards whereby farmers will learn how to cultivate rice, learn its husbandry practises , harvesting and marketing.”
The province of Rewa has been identified suitable for rice cultivation having 15 thousand hectares of arable land and with a majority of it being geographically located near waterways and with the high water table in the soil and high annual rainfall recorded in the Central Division, offers ideal conditions for commercial rice farming.
Khan said because of this, rice was one of the most suitable commodities for Rewa farmers to comercially develop.
“When you look at arable land that is cultivated currently in the province of Rewa, it amounts most likely to 3 thousand hectares and what we are trying to do now is to bring this package as a cluster for the villages, so that they can see for themselves that the way forward is with this commodity.”