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Price of local rice may go up soon – Rice farmers

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There are indications that the price of local rice may go up in Rivers State as rice farmers lament the high cost of production.

This is coming in a few weeks to the yuletide.

The Rivers State Chairman of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Akandu Godwin, who gave the indication in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, lamented over alleged neglect of rice farmers by the government.

He decried the lack of mechanized equipment for rice farming which has made rice production very difficult.

According to him, “Rice farmers’ major constraint is lack of support from the government. You know that in Rivers state we have a lot of virgin lands and to start cultivating on these lands we need heavy equipment like Caterpillar and Bulldozer.

“We also need tractors because we are now talking about commercialisation of agriculture not peasant farming but one of the challenges is that you hardly see these tractors.”

Asked whether the constraint may affect the cost of rice, Akandu replied “it will, take for example, when people have hectares of land and you want them to go on with manual labour, it will not be easy and they may not give you enough of what you expect”.

Also speaking, the state Chairman of Rice Millers Association Oshimini Micheal explained that they go as far Bayelsa and Ebonyi States to mill their products which increases cost.”

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Imo govt gives old Owerri Timber market traders four weeks ultimatum

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The Imo State Government has given traders at the old Owerri Timber market (Ogba Osisi) Wetheral road, a four-week ultimatum to leave.

The ultimatum was given on Monday through the General Manager of the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA), Engr. Francis Onyedikachi Chukwu, during a routine inspection with his team.

Chukwu said the Imo State Government mapped out a permanent site for the traders at Naze Timber market, Owerri North LGA.

He said their stay at the old Owerri Timber market is causing obstruction to the master plan of the capital city.

The GM pleaded with them to adhere to the order, as failure to move in the next one month will amount to them losing their wares.

OCDA said that it was imperative for government to do the needful to sanitize the state and avert danger to life and property.

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EPL: What Ralf Rangnick said after becoming Man United manager

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Manchester United’s new interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has expressed happiness after joining the club.

DAILY POST reports that Man United officially announced Rangnick as their new interim manager on Monday.

Rangnick’s appointment comes less than 24 hours after Man United played a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League tie on Sunday evening.

Reacting to his appointment, Rangnick, said his efforts for the next six months at Old Trafford will be on helping Man United players fulfill their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” Rangnick told the club’s official website.

“The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.

“Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

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EPL: Ex-Chelsea assistant coach questions Tuchel’s late substitutions against Man United

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Jody Morris has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s use of his substitutes during their draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League clash on Sunday with Jadon Sancho pouncing on a poor touch from Jorginho to put the visitors ahead.

Jorginho then made amends for his blunder 20 minutes later when he equalised for Chelsea from the spot.

Tuchel waited until the 78th minute to introduce the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic from the bench.

And Morris, who was Frank Lampard’s assistant, criticised the Blues boss, insisting that the German could have made his substitutions earlier and killed the game off.

He told Stadium Astro: “From a fan’s perspective, I would definitely have liked a couple if not all three changes at the top end of the pitch a lot earlier.

“I just felt that with the amount of dominance Chelsea had they weren’t creating enough real good chances.

“The fact you have the level of bench that Chelsea had, there was no reason why at least two of them could have been brought on a lot earlier.

“I thought Lukaku was the perfect addition but that’s without knowing the physical capabilities he has right now. He might not have had more than the manager gave him.

“It’s always easier to say after the game but we were slightly surprised that Tuchel didn’t make changes earlier.”

Chelsea face Watford in their next Premier League game while the Red Devils welcome Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side at Old Trafford.

Chelsea still maintained their lead in the table on 30 points just one behind Manchester City who defeated West Ham 2-1 to leapfrog Liverpool at the weekend.

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