Nigeria Will Soon Stop Rice Importation, Says Ogbeh

The importation of rice into the country will soon be a thing of the past, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said.
Ogbeh made it clear that rice importation will end this year.
The Minister maintained that as far as he was concerned, the internal production of rice in the country was enough to sustain what Nigerians can consume.
He explained that the plan to stop rice production was part of the federal government’s policy of diversification of the economy.
Ogbeh disclosed that his Ministry will soon sign a Memoranda of Understanding with Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) and Ekiti State Government in order to boost rice and yam production.
He said that the Ministry will supply ABUAD with 20 tonnes of rice seedlings during the next farm season in order to enhance further production.
Ogbeh who spoke during a visit to Ekiti State weekend said that the economic recession has helped the administration in a way as the government had to think outside the box and succeeded in agricultural revolution.
He also assured that very soon, prices of foods will come down.
He said, “We are concerned with the plights of Nigerians. We knew that many are hungry but we are working round it because it doesn’t speak well of us that we are in government and people are hungry.
“But the major challenge is that Nigerians produced children more than other Africa nations put together and youths are not interested in farming and the question now is that, who will feed all these children?
“Nigeria has about 150million population and if these people can’t be fed with food, then they will be fed with anarchy and chaos.”

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