26 August 2009

Africa: 'U.S. $800,000 Spent on African Rice'

Abuja — About $800,000 has been spent on the purchase of fertilizers, improved seeds, tractors and Agro-chemicals to address the Africa food crisis under the Multi-National Rice Dissemination programme, the project coordinator, Dr Lawan Sani has said.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Dr Lawan said the New Rice for Africa project (NERICA) has also embarked on infrastructural development in the NERICA participating states. These include; Ekiti, Ondo, Kaduna, Taraba, Nasarawa and Ogun.

The project coordinator explained that three states -- Ekiti, Ondo and Kaduna have been given tractors each based on their performance on the field activities and adoption of NERICA project. He said other participating states will benefit soon.

The project was signed on the 12th of December, 2003 and became effective on 26th, April 2004.it is expected to end by December 2010.

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