The Kogi State government has declared that the emergence of its branded rice, Confluence Rice, is a huge success by the Governor Bello-led administration.
Addressing a section of the media at his Takete Ide country home, the director general on media and publicity to the state governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said the release of the rice to the market is a “fulfillment of the promise by government to produce quality home grown rice that can compete with the market leaders”.
He said, “Governor Yahaya Bello promised to ensure Confluence Rice hits the market in 2017. That promise has been fulfilled.
“Kogi has enough rice to feed the nation. We have just shown that this administration is fully committed to the agricultural revolution it promised the people of the state. Confluence Rice will get even better when our Mills start operating at full capacity.
“Confluence Rice has succeeded in not only creating jobs for our women and youth; but also given us a good name across the nation. Nigerians are beginning to know that Kogi is steadily progressing against the politics of destruction by the enemies of the state”.
On the controversy trailing production and packaging of the Confluence Rice, Fanwo said detractors were shocked that despite their campaign of calumny, government has remained focused and undeterred in its bid to reposition agriculture in the state.
“Patriotic Kogites are celebrating the feat. Only the enemies of the state, who were jolted by the historic breakthrough in rice production, are making issues out of the packaging of the rice. Confluence Rice is a product of our silent revolution in the sector. More success stories are on the way”, he said.
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