The Presidential Amnesty Programme Beneficiaries have produced and distributed 1500 bags of Rice.
The beneficiaries during their training and mentorship phases, nurtured, milled and packed 1500 bags of high quality rice grains. This process took place in a farm in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State.
In a press statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by Mr. Wabiye Idoniboyeobu media consultant to Brig-Gen Paul Boroh, the next phase of their reintegration would be their full empowerment, “This would entail allocation of land, and necessary rice farming Implements, to the trained Ex Agitators. Over 50 actual Ex Militants are part of this group.”
He also said agencies like the Bank of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and the Anchor Borrowers Programme have already keyed into this success story by partnering to support these new farmers moving forward.
“It is expected that when large scale production starts, the rice produced would be sold in the market cheaper than the normal rice currently to ease the plight of the common man. By this, the success of the Amnesty Programme not only improves the lives of the beneficiaries, but also eases the lives of the public”, Wabiye said.