Federal Government policy on rice production has begun to yield positive results, as about three thousand farmers in Esure-Ekiti produced between one and four tonnes of rice each in this harvest season.
Some of the rice farmers who spoke with Radio Nigeria in Esure-Ekiti said they specialized in rice production and tomatoes due to Federal Government policy to promote local rice and stop food importation
The farmers listed challenges that could hinder them from producing in large quantity in the next season to include rice mills and lack of market for their farm produce.
Two of them, Mr. Olawumi Ajayi and Pius Jegede expressed worry that people from neighbouring states were taking advantage of them as they purchase from them at a cheaper rate due to lack of modern equipment to process the rice.
Mr. Ajayi pointed out that if farmers could not get market for their produce, this might discourage them in another season.
Mr. Jegede said government should provide storage facilities in Esure-Ekiti to encourage farmers who did not want to sell their produce cheaply.
A rice mill operator, in the town, Mr. Adeniyi Adeuya who claimed that his machine used to malfunction, said he could only process about eight bags per day, while some of the rice farmers even preferred selling their products without processing.
The Wife of Elesure-Ekiti, Olori Bolatito Ajibola called on the Federal Government to help farmers in the state to excel in their chosen occupation.
Olori Ajibola observed that if government at all levels could live up to expectations, Nigeria would rank among the leading countries in the world in food production and exportation.