Kebbi State is taking a giant leap towards enhancing food security by collaborating with the Integrated Rice and Fish Diversification Project (IRFDP). This initiative is set to bolster both rice and fish production within the region.
During the IRFDP team’s recent visit to Birnin Kebbi, Governor Nasir Idris showcased his administration’s dedication to agriculture. He assured his utmost commitment to the project’s success. Represented by Alhaji Bala Tafidan Yauri, Secretary to the State Government, he further urged the IRFDP to extend its reach, covering all 21 local councils across the state.
Prof. Emmanuel Ajayi, the Team Leader, elaborated on the inception of the project, spotlighting its roots in agricultural diversification, especially in the realms of rice and fish farming. The collaboration, which also involves Ebonyi State, is backed by USAID in partnership with the University of Ibadan, Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto, and other associates. Their ambitious vision is to synchronize fish and rice production.
Prof. Ajayi highlighted the reasons behind Kebbi’s selection: its paramount role in the country’s rice and fish sectors, closely followed by Ebonyi State. Beyond enhancing production, a significant aim of the project lies in fortifying the nation’s food security.
Furthermore, as part of this groundbreaking project, numerous stakeholders in Kebbi have undergone training, embracing technology to diversify and elevate rice and fish farming practices.