The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, who stated this while reviewing distribution report of the product, said the government flooded the state with bags of the rice because of skyrocketing prices of other rice products in the market, adding that the government would ensure all year round availability of LAKE Rice at affordable prices.
He said, “It is in a bid to ensure availability of LAKE Rice product in every part of Lagos that the government sought the participation of major rice distributors, shopping malls and supermarkets in the distribution of the product.”
The commissioner said the product would continue to maintain its quality and price and would always go through different quality analysis assessments before being released to the market for consumption.
“The ultimate goal of the government is to stop importation of rice and ensure that only locally-produced rice is consumed by residents.
“The rice which is packaged in 50 kilogrammes, 25kg and 10kg bags is still being offered for sale to residents at N12,000, N6,000 and N2,500 respectively.
Suraru stated that various measures had been put in place to protect the price and avoid adulteration so that the aim of the government in ensuring availability and affordability of the product would not be defeated.