Ogbeh: Nigeria will Stop Rice Importation in 2017

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Audu Ogbeh
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh

Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh,
has disclosed that the present administration under President
Muhammadu Buhari will stop the importation of rice in 2017.

Explaining the reason behind the policy, Ogbeh hinted that the country
has enough internal production that could sustain home consumption and
meet foreign exchange earnings that could guarantee diversification of
the economy.

In order to further boost internal production of the commodity and
enhance the country’s comparative advantage in rice and yam
production, Ogbeh stated that the federal government would sign a
memoranda of understanding (MoU) with Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
(ABUAD) and Ekiti State Government in the two critical sectors.

He unveiled his ministry’s intention to supply ABUAD with 20 tonnes of
rice seedlings in the next planting season to boost rice production
internally.

The minister, who said these in Ado Ekiti at the weekend during a visit to
ABUAD’s farm and the Ekiti State government, added that the current economic recession being experienced under Buhari’s government had helped the federal government to think outside the box and had succeeded in bringing the deserved revolution to the agriculture sector.

Details later…

  • Yakubu Akagwu

    I dont understand the rationale behind this kind of statement by the Minister. Does he know the price of a bag of rice today? we all know we have the internal capacity to feed our population. The question is, have we attained that capacity before we think of stopping importation? The other day he talked about our yam being on demand in China, we are quick to seek opportunities outside, without thinking about our local population. Can we feed our population effectively? the answer is no. we must roll our sleeves and work harder, it must be seen that having potential to produce has translated to actual production before we think of stopping importation or encouraging exportation of food stuff, as the case may be.

  • Henry

    i hope you guys are not promising what you can achieve? we have learnt not to take your promises seriously.

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  • Romla

    Adeshina the former minister said same.We are still importing today.

  • Ogden

    Ogbeh: Nigeria will Stop Rice Importation in 2017

    I guess this is 2017 and by my laptop current date, today is July 16, 2017. Does Mr. minister means 2027 or what? Confusion is spreading fast….Rice importers for December sales has finished placing their orders. Yet Ogbe is talking about stopping importation of rice. A story to the birds.

    Thisday, please don’t bother to publish the remaining part of the story.

    • yinka

      Good news from Nigeria give you headache. Sorry, In near future Nigeria will stop importation oporopo, okirika wakeup and used household appliance. You are happy because your container dey for water lie will hold anymore.