The Federal Government says it has so far trained more than 8,000 farmers on rice value chain activities under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme Phase 1.
The National Coordinator of the programme, Haruna Akwashiki, said this in an interview in Abuja that the training was done in collaboration with the African Development Bank AfDB.
According to him, the training is in line with government’s determination to diversify the economy through agriculture, reduce imports and attain self-sufficiency in rice production.
Akwashiki said that 152, 651 tonnes of grains had been released to the market by farmers who were beneficiaries of the programme.
He explained that the programme had three major components of infrastructure development, commodity value chain and programme management.
According to him, the programme has also trained 3,931 beneficiaries on cassava and 3,498 beneficiaries on sorghum value chain.