Nigeria to become a major rice exporter soon - Agric minister | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Friday in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, said the country would soon start exporting high quality rice.


Ogbeh stated this following a tour of rice farms in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The minister was in the company of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Rice and Wheat Production, who is also the Kebbi state Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.

Ogbeh said, “When we told Nigerians about two months ago that in another one year, there will be no need for a grain of rice to be imported, some people did not believe us. But in Auyo, Jigawa state, you can see massive rice fields that can produce between 1.2 million metric tons and 1.5 million metric tons of rice.

“This is just one out of the 27 local government areas in Jigawa state. As such, every Nigerian will see season fresh rice to eat, not rice stored for seven years in silos abroad or in foreign countries.

“There is no better way of developing our rural people. There is no need for us to continue to import expired rice from other countries. When we initiated the programme, it was greeted with criticism. As you can see today, our farmers will be heroes and that is the change mantra the Buhari-led administration is determined to achieve.

“The governors are taking the lead by encouraging rice farmers in their respective states to embrace the cultivation and production of rice in commercial quantities. Nigeria will soon become a major rice exporter.”

In his remarks, Abubakar said Jigawa state plans to produce 1.5 to five million metric tons of rice within the next five years through farmers’ clusters training programme.

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  1. What is Gov. Rochas Okoro generating or contributing in Agric sector in Imo State? Owerri Port Harcourt Road, Nekede FUTU Road to Obinze Junction to Avo Ring Road...Rochas how far have you gone in putting these Roads in motor-able condition... ROCHAS OKORO what is your contribution as IMO State Governor????

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    1. It is Good that you have started asking the right questions to your governors within the SE region

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  2. Pls just feed Nigerians first before talking about exporting Mr man

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  3. This is what I disagreed with! When people make a statement, it is important they be held accountable to be held responsible for their words. The world knows Nigeria has issues with economic issues on rice produced IocaIIy as being sub-standard and not sufficient for local consumption talk more of export. For interest of well- meaning citizens of this great country, I advise accurate informations should be made available to all and sundry

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  4. Clues liars! The rice for export will come from Audu Ogbeh's farm in Auchi kwo! Useless people! Useless party! Useless clues government.
    Chanji dole!
    Sai Baba!
    Sai Tinubu!

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  5. If u are this stupid Nigerians are not. What is soon? You don't know how long it takes for rice to be planted harvested and transported into the open market? You are not qualified to be a minister at all. And is it the shaft filled rice U want to export? Let us see a sample of what the final rice produce in Jigawa will look like pls to know if any country will allow it into their boarders.

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  6. AUDU OGBEH HAS ALWAYS BEEN RELEVANT IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER SINCE THE SHAGARI ERA, BUHARI/IDIAGBON, IBB, ABACHA, ABDUSALAM, OBJ, YAR ADUA, JONATHAN, NOW BUHARI AGAIN...THIS GUY MUST BE GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES...#SMOOTHOPERATOR.. #WAYORIST..#RUNSMAN

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  7. AUDU OGBEH HAS ALWAYS BEEN RELEVANT IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER SINCE THE SHAGARI ERA, BUHARI/IDIAGBON, IBB, ABACHA, ABDUSALAM, OBJ, YAR ADUA, JONATHAN, NOW BUHARI AGAIN...THIS GUY MUST BE GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES...#SMOOTHOPERATOR.. #WAYORIST..#RUNSMAN

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  8. sharaaap and make it affordable to d citizens first.

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