Gov Okowa’s Town Hall Meeting: Rice Production As Means Of Empowerment

BY CELESTINE OFUANI
RICE is a cereal grain of the grass species called Oryza Sativa or Oryza glaberina.
As a cereal, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world’s human population including those living in Africa and Nigeria in particular. Worthy of note is that rice is a swamp grass.
The Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA which is privately owned and ran had an acceptance record that makes rice cultivation inevitable even in the third world countries.
Whichever way we look at rice, it is a well known fact that every 10 grams of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme.
In Nigeria, Rice has become an everyday magic in homes. Starting from the colour, you are happy cooking and eating it.
The health benefits of rice include it ability to provide fast and instant energy, and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels and slow down the aging process
while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body.
Tomato is the edible fruit of solanum lycpensicum, commonly known as Tomato plant, which belongs to the nightshade family, Salanaceae. The specie originated in Central and South America.
Research has shown that Tomatoes is one of the world’s healthiest food. No wonder, Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes their antioxidant benefits.
The confusion about whether the tomato is a fruit, vegetable
or berry arises because of the difference in usage between scientists and cooks. Nutritional value of Tomatoes
includes the fact it helps to improve eye sight, boost stomach health and lower blood pressure. Tomatoes also give relief from diabetes and skin problems.
Noting more compares to the juicy taste of a red ripe tomato straight from the garden or farm. These delectable fruit not only taste great but are loved and eaten by almost everybody on planet earth.
The above simple introduction for Rice and Tomatoes has a great impact into the choice of their cultivation in the state which is a direct off-shoot of the Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa administration ‘SMART’ Agenda.
Worried by the high rate of unemployment, Governor Okowa reasoned that empowerment is the only short term easy way out of unemployment.
The whole idea started with the inauguration of the first cycle of Job Creation Scheme on September 26, 2016.
As at today, YAGEPrenuers in rice production have been established in a 74 hectare land in Ugili-Amai Rice Cluster in Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
It is also a well known fact that Tomatoes clusters measuring
five hectares each have been established at Ewulu/Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South and Amukpe in Sapele Local Government Area.
At the start, these YAGEPrenuers who were 24 in number
received 2000 sq metres plot of land and other components
of their starter packs and were commissioned immediately to commence tomato cultivation using Drip Irrigation System to encourage all year round farming.
Governor Okowa made a very sensitive statement at Amukpe during the allocation of the crop cluster where he enjoined the YAGEPrenuers to work hard to enjoy a successful and viable enterprise in the agricultural sector
saying, “we want to see YAGEP Tomato, we want to see YAGEP rice and we want to see YAGEP fish flood our market.”
It is also on record that 37 pioneer beneficiaries of the Delta State Government Youth Agricultural Enterprises Programme (YAGEP) have been established to begin RICE BY CELESTINE OFUANI
RICE is a cereal grain of the grass species called Oryza Sativa or Oryza glaberina.
As a cereal, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world’s human population including those living in Africa and Nigeria in particular. Worthy of note is that rice is a swamp grass.
The Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA which is privately owned and ran had an acceptance record that makes rice cultivation inevitable even in the third world countries.
Whichever way we look at rice, it is a well known fact that every 10 grams of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme.
In Nigeria, Rice has become an everyday magic in homes. Starting from the colour, you are happy cooking and eating it.
The health benefits of rice include it ability to provide fast and instant energy, and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels and slow down the aging process
while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body.
Tomato is the edible fruit of solanum lycpensicum, commonly known as Tomato plant, which belongs to the nightshade family, Salanaceae. The specie originated in Central and South America.
Research has shown that Tomatoes is one of the world’s healthiest food. No wonder, Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes their antioxidant benefits.
The confusion about whether the tomato is a fruit, vegetable
or berry arises because of the difference in usage between scientists and cooks. Nutritional value of Tomatoes
includes the fact it helps to improve eye sight, boost stomach health and lower blood pressure. Tomatoes also give relief from diabetes and skin problems.
Noting more compares to the juicy taste of a red ripe tomato straight from the garden or farm. These delectable fruit not only taste great but are loved and eaten by almost everybody on planet earth.
The above simple introduction for Rice and Tomatoes has a great impact into the choice of their cultivation in the state which is a direct off-shoot of the Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa administration ‘SMART’ Agenda.
Worried by the high rate of unemployment, Governor Okowa reasoned that empowerment is the only short term easy way out of unemployment.
The whole idea started with the inauguration of the first cycle of Job Creation Scheme on September 26, 2016.
As at today, YAGEPrenuers in rice production have been established in a 74 hectare land in Ugili-Amai Rice Cluster in Ndokwa West Local Government Area.
It is also a well known fact that Tomatoes clusters measuring
five hectares each have been established at Ewulu/Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South and Amukpe in Sapele Local Government Area.
At the start, these YAGEPrenuers who were 24 in number
received 2000 sq metres plot of land and other components
of their starter packs and were commissioned immediately to commence tomato cultivation using Drip Irrigation System to encourage all year round farming.
Governor Okowa made a very sensitive statement at Amukpe during the allocation of the crop cluster where he enjoined the YAGEPrenuers to work hard to enjoy a successful and viable enterprise in the agricultural sector
saying, “we want to see YAGEP Tomato, we want to see YAGEP rice and we want to see YAGEP fish flood our market.”
It is also on record that 37 pioneer beneficiaries of the Delta State Government Youth Agricultural Enterprises Programme (YAGEP) have been established to begin rice production serious more so, as the governor had urged farmers to scale up rice production in the state.
This is at the heels that the Federal Government might ban rice importation and for farmers to meet up with the peoples need for rice.

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