Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (WE CAN PRODUCE LOCALLY ALL THE RICE WE NEED TO FEED NIGERIANS)

Wow! This is amazing.
Aminu Goronyo, (the new RIFAN President) has this good news for Nigerians, during the interview he had last weekend, with “this day live news media”. Here is what he says.
Nigerian rice farmers have the
capacity to grow and produce all
the
rice needed to feed the nation,
according to the National
President of
Rice Farmers Association of
Nigeria (RIFAN), Malam Aminu
Goronyo. He
has held several positions and
garnered a wealth of experience
over
the years. Goronyo was N A P E
P Coordinator, Sokoto State
2000-2003, Procurement
Manager EU/FGN/ Sokoto State
Govt. Programme,
1993-1996. GM President, Shehu
Shagari Farms Janzomo, Sokoto
1987-1989
. MD/CEO, NAPES Nig Ltd.
Incumbent National President.
EGTA
(Employment Generation Thru
Agriculture- an NGO), current
Sokoto
State Chairman of RIFAN, current
Chairman Water Users
Association,
Goronyo Dam Sokoto- World
Bank assisted project. In this
interview
with Crusoe Osagie, he explains
why the CBN’s new policy
banning the
sale of Forex to importers of rice
was long overdue. He also
desires
to coordinate rice growers in the
country to meet the aspiration of
the President Muhammadu
Buhari’s administration.
Excerpts…

GIVE US A BRIEF BACKGROUND Of
YOURSELF

I am Malam Aminu Goronyo, the
Sokoto State Chairman of Rice
Farmers
Association of Nigeria (RIFAN). I
was recently elected National
President of RIFAN, a position
vested with the executive
authorities
in the areas of planning,
coordination and control, among
others.
Give us the history of your
Association?
Our Association is known as Rice
Farmers Association of Nigeria
(RIFAN). And RIFAN is an umbrella
body of all rice farmers in Nigeria
– small, medium and large scale
farmers. RIFAN comprises of four
departments which include;
Production, Processing,
Packaging and
Marketing of Nigeria’s Paddy
Rice. RIFAN was registered in
2002 with
the Corporate Affairs Commission
(CAC) and has its Corporate
Headquarters at Gwagwalada in
the FCT, Abuja. RIFAN was formed
through
the single initiative of the able
leader called Dr. Abubakar Wodi,
(OON), who is also a renowned
politician, farmer, technocrat and
a
distinguished Nigerian. The
National Patron of RIFAN is a
household
name in

Nigeria; and he is Alh. Aliko
Mohammed, Dan Iyan Misau; who
was the immediate past
Chairman of Arewa Consultative
Forum (ACF).
What innovation are you going
to bring about as the new
President of RIFAN?.
My main objective is to
strengthen the financial capacity
of RIFAN by
building up a financial base for
the Association. We shall
introduce
training to our members across
Nigeria in the areas of
production,
processing, packaging,
marketing and sales thereby
creating awareness
and increasing the productive
capacity of the average Nigerian
rice
farmer. We shall invest massively
in rice production equipment to
feed
the nation.
My team shall directly engage
with government and other
stakeholders
by removing all the unnecessary
chains that stand between RIFAN
and
them. Do not forget that we are
businessmen in our own right
but what
you have on-going is that all
sorts of groups in the names of
contractors, agents, associations,
co-operatives etc, are all acting
on our behalf without our
mandate thereby denying an
average farmer at
the grassroots level from
benefitting from the Government
subventions
or understanding the rudiments
of rice farming.
Get the full version of the interview below this link.
http://www.thisdaylive.com/
articles/aminu-goronyo-we-can-
produce-locally-all-the-rice-we-
need-to-feed-nigeria/213805/

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