Germany Drums Support for Nigeria’s rice production, throws in €2m

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Switzerland, June 6

The German government has stated its commitment to provide €2 million for the implementation of the second phase of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in the country.

The Programme Director of CARI, Mr Jean-Bernard Lalannehe, revealed this to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.

Lalannehe said the second phase of the project known as CARI-2, would be implemented in Kebbi, Kaduna and Jigawa states.

He said the aim was to help smallholder farmers increase their income and provide their families and the country with high-quality rice.

Revealing this to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, Lalannehe said CARI which was launched in four African countries namely, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Tanzania in 2013, is a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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