Delta based farm, Raymos Guanah Farms Limited, has moved to partner with the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, in Bayelsa, to improve mechanised faming in the state.
Chief executive officer of the Farm, Bar. Raymos Guanah disclosed the plan to Newsmen after a brief meeting with the Bayelsa RIFAN in Yengoa yesterday, stating that the partnership was necessary to enable them tap into the enormous agricultural potentials of the state, to create wealth and jobs for the youths.
According to him, agricultural sector had vast potentials to create financial boost not only for the Niger-Delta region, but for the nation’s economy.
He said, “The agricultural sector, as the wealth of the nation can provide vast employment opportunities for citizens and make them self-employed rather than waiting for government jobs.
“We have come to partner with RIFAN and to help them exploit the agricultural potential in Bayelsa; we will help to make farming mechanised and less stressful for them. In Delta, all our processes are fully mechanised, from land preparations to harvest; we also have modern rice mill, where we process our rice.
“So, we have discussed with the leadership of Bayelsa RIFAN on way of partnership in terms of cultivating and processing of rice and we are impressed on what they have put on the table to move forward. We have agreed to partner with them, though; we will still sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with them to cement the relationship. We are going to be supporting them with modern tractors, planters, fertilizer spreaders as well as processing,” he said.
The Director, who described farming as huge business, said that the wealth could only be found in land and not in oil and gas.
Guanah urged the youths, mothers and fathers to embrace agriculture, noting that farming like any other professions could make one fame.
On his part, the chairman of Bayelsa RIFAN, Ezekiel Ogbianko said the plan for the partnership was a welcome development as it aimed at exploiting the agricultural potential in the state. “We are ready to work with them as it aims at exploiting agricultural potentials in the state”.

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