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Ebonyi rice farmers may record low production due to the re-emergence of pest known as ‘rice gall-midge’, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The largest rice producing Izzi and Ikwo Local government councils are worst hit by the pest attack.Emmanuel Echiegu, the state commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, told NAN on Thursday in Abakaliki, that the re-emergence of the pest came to the ministry as a surprise.

‘‘We thought it had been completely eradicated. The effect of the pest in Izzi and Ikwo from what I saw when I visited the areas is devastating and would definitely result in poor harvest this year’’.

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Courtesy: 234 Next

Date:  26th November 2010