Kolawole Rotimi Vincent: “best rice farmer” in Ekiti State
I have a family of six, and many dependent relatives including my mother. As a participant of the [Venezuelan-funded] SSTC project, I have acquired such skills that I am now known as the best rice farmer in Ekiti State.
We were introduced to various aspects of rice farming, including the production of standard seed, farm mechanization, the use of a reaper during harvest, standard herbicide application, harvesting rice agronomically, and the introduction of new products like rice cakes and rice flours to increase the value of our products.
Before, I had struggled with low yields on my farm. I learned that this was due to sowing multiple rice seeds per hole. I was taught that this method was overcrowding the soil. We now produce six tonnes of rice per hectare. Most importantly, I have learned managerial skills and record-keeping, as well as how to incorporate a proper farm planning schedule for the planting season.
I now own a home and the farmland on which I farm. Having a car and a house to call my own is a dream come true.