Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu has disclosed that rice production has risen from 5.7 to 17 million metric tonnes per annum in two and half years.
He made the disclosure to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa.
According to him ,eight new rice mills were commissioned last year which has increased rice production in the country.
He said ” He received report that today in Nigeria we are almost producing about 17 million metric tonnes of paddy per annum, up from as little as 5.7 million metric tonnes two and half years ago.
“The milling capacity has increased, eight new mills were commissioned last year alone with the installed milling capacity almost doubling.
“The Rice Distributors particularly that of Iddo, G-Cappa and Elko market in Lagos, came to show confidence in the programme of the federal government of Mr. President as encapsulated in his statement: “Let’s grow what we eat, and eat what we grow.”
“The Distributors confirmed that Nigerian rice is better, more nutritious than imported rice and they are willing to partner so that Nigerian rice will be the dominate rice in the country and indeed we should be able to be exporting.
When asked about rice farmers crying of imported rice flooding the market, he said “Yes of course. Yesterday the Economic Management Team discusses smuggling and today it was an important feature and it has been recognized.
“Everyone who knows Mr. President’s commitment to the Nigerian economy will appreciate his annoyance with smuggling and smugglers. But it is a collective responsibility and so we want all Nigerians to participate the menace in importing the commodities especially in rice.
“The narrative out there is wrong. Other countries are undertaking economic warfare on us, there is no nation in the world that can produce and sell to Nigeria freshly grown rice equivalent to what is produced in Nigeria at the prices that Nigeria farmers are selling.
“So, most of the prices of smuggled rice are discounted prices that reflect the age of that rice and in some aliases as identified by NAFDEC not fit for human consumption,” he stated.
Meter Processing: AEDC Experiencing Communication Hitches
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), says it is experiencing communication hitches in processing applications of consumers who have paid...
APC Ready To Challenge Some Positions In Zamfara-Party Chairman
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara says it will challenge some elective positions presently being occupied by the Peoples...
Emir Of Keffi Assures Residents Of Justice, Fairness
The Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa state, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa 111, has assured all residents in his domain of justice...
Foundation Advocates Welfare Packages For Widows
Mr Shola Mese, the Founder of Shola Mese Foundation, has appealed to government at all levels to introduce policies and...
7 Policemen Killed In Terrorist Attacks In Egypt’s North Sinai
No fewer than 7 Egyptian policemen, including one officer, have been killed in terrorist attacks on different check points in...
Recapitalisation: Unions Want CBN To Be Wary Of job Loses
Two unions in financial institutions on Wednesday advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to carry out the planned recapitalisation...
Kano Rainstorm: Rep Dambazau Appeals To NEMA For Relief Materials
A federal lawmaker, Rep. Shamsudeen Dambazau has appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)to provide immediate relief materials and...
ENTERTAINMENT21 hours ago
‘Don’t Link Me With Helicopter Incidents At Ore’, Says Julian Osula
NEWS22 hours ago
10 Killed In Wukari High Way Road Blocks
COVER STORIES10 hours ago
Why I Dealt With Onnoghen – PMB
NEWS17 hours ago
Election Tribunal: Court Rules In Favour Of Governor Sani Bello
NEWS9 hours ago
Yobe Govt To Sponsor 700 Students For PhD, Masters, Others
POLITICS8 hours ago
PDP: Saraki To Lead Peace Move
CRIME9 hours ago
Apostle Bags 7-yr Jail Over Rape Of Minor
FOOTBALL22 hours ago
Super Eagles Protest Unpaid Bonuses