Rice revolution: Buhari honours Ayade, commends his contributions to rice farming

Ayade and Buhari

Cross River state's investments in rice production Tuesday resonated in Abuja as President Muhammad Buhari bestowed on the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, an Excellent Award in recognition of his government's effort in that regard.


In pursuit of the agro-industrialization policy of his administration, Ayade has established in Calabar, the state capital, a multi-million naira Africa's first-ever automated rice seeds and seedling factory.


President Buhari commissioned a factory in June 2018.

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Also, an ultra-modern vitaminized rice mill in Ogoja, in the northern part of the state, is completed and awaiting commissioning by the president in March. 


At the unveiling of the Abuja Rice Pyramids by the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, the Cross River State governor received the presidential honour. 


The event was organised to celebrate President Buhari's annual rice festival and to flag off the 2022 dry season program.





Speaking during the Award presentation, President Buhari commended Governor Ayade for his contributions to Nigeria's rice revolution and rice value chain.

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In his reaction, Governor Ayade thanked Buhari for the honour, saying his passion for agriculture has the approval of the President.


"Mr, President I want to thank you for making me a farmer, Mr President I want to thank you for turning my wife, a medical Doctor,  into a full-time farmer. I thank you for creating a great future for this country through your policy trust in Agriculture. I thank you for being focused on agriculture, I want to thank you sincerely", he said.


He also said that "Cross River State has, based on your policy thrust,  taken advantage of your robust agricultural road map to provide an alternative to oil as the mainstay of our economy, to focus on the agro-Industrialization revolution which is the basis of any nation that is prepared to industrialize.

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"On the strength of that, Cross River State set up the first and the only vitaminized rice mill in Africa.”


Ayade further used the occasion to remind the President of his promise to personally visit the state to commission the rice mill in March.


He explained that his administration has made rice farming pleasurable by digitalizing the farming process.

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His words: "As long as you continue to use manual energy to farm, your yield will be low, as long as you continue to grow rice using seeds, your harvest will be slavish.


Governor Ben Ayade



"Today, Rice cultivation in Nigeria gives you an average of three to four tonnes per hectare while in advanced worlds like Thailand and China, you are looking at between 10 and 14 tonnes per hectare. That is technology, that is the digitalisation that my administration has brought in”


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