NIGERIA TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT IN RICE PRODUCTION - AMBASSADOR YUSUF
Posted by IFEDAYO OSHIN on Monday, February 3, 2014
Under: News Stories
The Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Sunday Samuel Yusuf has said that Nigeria will soon become self-sufficient in rice production in the next few years. He made this statement at the South Africa- Nigeria Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st November 2013 at the Pool deck area, Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel.
Ambassador Yusuf revealed that four South African companies are currently working on rice production with five different States (provinces) in Nigeria. “At the level of agriculture, we are doing a lot especially in rice milling, actually in the last 9 months. The good news is that we are now able to farm and produce rice all year and all seasons in Nigeria. Also, the bad news is that we are going to ban rice importation into Nigeria in the next 24 months. Because going by the evidence and result of what we have been doing in the last 15 months, in the next 2-3 years we should be self-sufficient in rice production in Nigeria”.
At another forum, a Nigerian research and development expert, Dr. Oluwole Fatunbi has confirmed the Ambassador’s revelation about the growth of rice production in Nigeria. He said this is part of the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture; Agricultural Transformation Agenda that has started to transform the country’s agricultural sector. According to him, the Minister has promised that in four years to come Nigeria will no longer import rice. To deter rice importation and smuggling, the government has increased the tariffs on imported rice. He advised that the Nigerian borders need to be tightened to ensure the success of this initiative.
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