The Coordinator Abia state FADAMA ,pastor Ibe Johnson Maduakolam has accompanied the federal ministry of Agriculture delegation from the National Centre for Agriculture mechanization (NCAM) Ilorin Kwara State on supervision and inspection of the irritated rice production,planted using the strategy of Sawah Eco-technology for rice farming ( ESTRASERIF) at Amayi Igbere ,Abia state.
Interacting with Newsmen while inspecting the rice farm with the rice farmers and the visitors at Amayi Igbere, pastor Ibe Johnson expressed happiness that the rice is doing well , while commending the leaders of Sawah Eco-technology for introducing the technology in Abia state and expressed appreciation to the Abia state Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his support to Abia farmers.
Earlier while addressing the farmers,the leader of the delegation from National Centre for Agricultural mechanization (NCAM) , commended the rice farmers for their learning ability and for adhering to the Sawah Eco-technology for rice farming,while assuring that with that method,they will be expecting bountiful harvest.
He pointed out that the Sawah Eco-technology has components which include ,site selection, system Design,tillage operation , agronomy practices ,which involves transplanting , spacing and fertilizer application,water management and general management.
He further applauded the leadership of FADAMA and ADP for partnering with them , while commending the Abia state Governor Dr,Okezie for providing enabling environment.
In her speech,the representative of ADP ,Director of technical Services, Mrs Uche Nnenna , described the Sawah Eco-technology for rice farming as the easier way to boast rice production in Nigeria , while thanking the NCAM for that.
In his appreciation,the leader of the farmers Basil Emeka , thanked the Sawah Eco-technology delegation for their efforts , assuring that ,” what we have learnt will go along way to assist us .We were given the opportunity to handle the machine,which boast our produce .we are very happy that you provided this technology to us.
We are appealing for a solution to our channel, it needs dredging”
It could be recalled that “ESTRASERIF is a project of the Federal ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with an objective of expanding ,” Sawah Eco-technology for Rice Farming (SERIF ) to rice farmers nation wide.
“SERIF is an important rice planting and increased yielding technology in rice producing Communities for assured food security .It is a mechanized lowland infrastructural development which is technically characterized by sit selection, system Design, construction of bunds , puddling , leveling, and smoothening for best rice cultivation.
“This technology is capable of producing minimum of 4 tons /ha and yield increases with the quality of Sawah technology and can go as much as 7-9 tons/ha”