The Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA), Dr. Adeniyi Aremu has revealed that more than 7,000 tons of padded rice was produced from the partnership, between the authority and Kogi State government. He disclosed that the authority had reached out to rice farmers in various parts of Kwara State with positive results. He stated that LNRBDA had been able to deliver one of its key services by the development of irrigated agriculture through the acquisition of more arable land and subsequent release to individuals, groups and corporate farmers.
“For instance, 500 hectares of farmland was purchased from customary land owners along Malete-Alapa road through the Kwara State government for farming activities. The authority equally signed Memerandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kogi State government and released over 5,000 hectares of its farmland to the state government. Specifically, at the Ejiba area office in Kogi State, the partnership with the state government yielded about 7,170 tons of paddy rice from several farmers”, he added.