Ex Kebbi HoS gets rich from Rice Farming
A former Head of Service of Kebbi State, Buhari Jega has come out to say that he made a fortune from rice farming. He said made this fortune under the Federal Government Anchor Borrowing Programme.
Jega disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while conducting the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed and a team of journalist round a 20km stretch rice farms in Jega near Birnin Kebbi. He stated that he ventured into rice farming after leaving office.
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme was launched by president Muhammadu Buhari on Nov. 17, 2015, in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi.
Under this programme, the CBN has set aside N40 billion out of N220 billion Naira Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund. This will be given to farmers at a single digit interest rate of maximum nine percent per annum.
The essence of this programme is to provide funds, fertilizers, agro equipment, and extension services to registered farmers.
Jega added that he is a proud owner of three rice farms within his community each measuring 13 hectares and seven hectares.
“During harvests in 2017, I got 400 bags of rice from the 13 hectares farm, 200 bags from the 10 hectares farm because I planted other produce on it and 150 bags of rice from the 10 hectares,” he said.
His advice to other workers was that they should consider farming as their post-retirement venture and start planning it while they are still in active service.
He also urged the government to come provide solar panel irrigation pumps for them as a replacement to power generators that depended on fuel.
The Minister of Information that government will address all their challenges and continue to support their efforts.
So it is time rice farming is considered.