The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civil Society and the State coordinator of CRS Rice Development Project, Mr. Emmanuel Anoh while addressing the Rice Farmers at Obubra township Stadium, said Obubra is blessed with good soil, water, and environment for the cultivation of Rice and that was the bases why His Excellency, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade decided on Obubra as one of the major centres of Rice revolution in Cross River State.
He further stated that the interest of the Governor, in Obubra Rice Farmers is deep, given the history of the people in Rice cultivation and this is why more inputs are pumped into Obubra to enable farmers do better and get high rice production.
Mr Anoh enjoined Obubra Farmers to be very ready spiritually, psychologically, emotionally and physically to go into Rice Cultivation, adding that anyone seen who is not a Rice Farmer collecting inputs for the sole reason of selling them should be reported so the law can take its course.
He stressed that inputs given to Farmers are not free, but soft loans which the farmers are to pay back.
A technical team was inaugurated to strengthen relationship between farmers, as well as monitoring and evaluation of Rice farms in Obubra.
Speaking on behalf of the Farmers, Hon. Bassey Egede thanked his Excellency and CBN for the timely provision, as this time the Farmers are getting input when needed as compared to past years.
The Paramount Ruler of Obubra, HRH Ovawrr Clement Ubugha speaking when the State Rice Coordinator and his team paid him a courtesy call in His Chambers, expressed great joy and appreciation for the Digital Governor/CBN for focusing more on developing on what Cross Riverians are known for, mostly, Agriculture.
He added that Rice farming is a history long occupation in Obubra Kingdom but yet with no name tag, reasons why He is so happy with the Rice revolution program of the Sen. Ben Ayade’s government. He pray God guidance and direction on Governor Ben Ayade, for the success of the Rice revolution, and promise to do all in his powers to encourage his people in the Rice Project as he will also make His people follow the rules and maintain peace in the Area.