FG stops rice importation in 2017


Rice-700x336THE Federal Government will no longer import rice from 2017 based on a new agricultural policy .

This is even as state governors have given their commitments to ensure the policy succeeds.

Zamfara State gover­nor, Abdulazeez Yari dis­closed this to State House correspondents after a meeting on the new agri­culture policy held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.

The meeting had in at­tendance some state gover­nors, permanent secretar­ies of relevant ministries and heads of government agencies.

Yari, who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said the meeting discussed how governments at all levels can boost rice pro­duction.

“The meeting was on the new policy on agri­culture and food sustain­ability. “We discussed how we can boost rice produc­tion in Nigeria and start thinking about how we are going to put policy in place on how rice importa­tion will be banned in the country.

“We have the potential; we have the human re­sources; we have arable land to grow rice.

“In the next two years, we will not need to bring rice from outside Nigeria. We are going to ban it.

“It is only in Nigeria, a country of millions of peo­ple, that there is no food security.

“We discussed the policy with the relevant permanent secretaries and CBN Governor, Mr. God­win Emefiele.

“Nigeria is currently a major importer of rice. Now, the political will is in place to stop it. We, in about nine states, are go­ing to be engaged in mas­sive rice production.

 


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