Managing Director, NDDC, Samuel Ogbuku
Managing Director, NDDC, Samuel Ogbuku

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has commenced a partnership with communities across the Niger Delta to empower 4,500 rice and cassava farmers to ensure food availability in the region and the country.

Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, MD/CEO of the NDDC, represented by the Executive Director of Projects, Sir Victor Antai, while speaking during the Community Onboarding Exercise on

Thursday, June 13th, 2024, at the NDDC Headquarters, Port Harcourt, said the initiative was part of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s proactive efforts to empower the people of the Niger Delta region and enhance food security in Nigeria through the Holistic Opportunities for Programmes and Projects of Engagements (HOPE) project.

Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, MD/CEO of the NDDC
Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, MD/CEO of the NDDC

The MD noted that the flagship agricultural initiative would support smallholder rice and cassava farmers with data, financing, farm inputs, mechanisation and extension services to sustainably produce rice and cassava to enhance their income and contribute to food sufficiency.

He stated: “This programme is conservatively projected to produce 12,000 tons of paddy rice and 10,500 tons of cassava tubers in the pilot phase, with projected increases in yields to 4 tons per hectare for rice and 7 tons per hectare for cassava. We extend our gratitude to the traditional rulers and community leaders for their invaluable support and participation.”


He further said the NDDC will assist farmers in adopting relevant scientific and technological applications to enhance productivity and sustainability and charged farmers involved in the initiative to set the tone for scaling the successful integration of Niger Delta farmers into modern agricultural value chains.

Those who also spoke during the onboarding exercise include the NDDC Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mrs. Winifred Madume, the project consultant, Mr. Dimieari Kemedi, among others.

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