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    Bill Gates Foundation To Boost Rice, Yam Production In Nigeria

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is funding six agricultural commodities value chains with emphasis on rice and yam production to ensure food sufficient in Nigeria.

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by Bill Gates. Dr Audu Grema, the Senior Programme Officer, Agriculture in the West African Office of the Foundation, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.

    He listed some agricultural projects of the foundation to include CARI-Project (rice) which was aimed at improving rice production productivity, pest control, and variety enhancement. Grema expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon be self sufficient in rice production.

    He said the rice project by the foundation was currently being implemented in Cross River, Niger, Kebbi, Jigawa, Kano, Plateau and Edo, Ebonyi States. The programme officer, however, said that the Cassava Value Addition Project (CAVA) was based in Abeokuta at the University of Agriculture.

    According to him, we also have a big yam project where we are working with private farms around Abuja, Kaduna, Niger, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Akure to enhance yam propagation technology through seeds.


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