Nigeria on Monday hinted it might stop the importation of rice by 2014.
A director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Adebisi Buhari, said in IIorin, central Nigeria, that the West African country had embarked on aggressive rice cultivation to achieve the objective.
Buhari said the government was making efforts to stop the importation of rice and other products that could be produced in the country.
He said the government would realize the objective through joint efforts with communities and private firms to increase production in the country.
The government would encourage private sector involvement in the development of the agriculture sector, particularly in rice production, the official added.
This, the director said, is one of the means of putting an end to “shameful acts” like importation of food items which affects the country’s economy negatively.
Buhari said the government was already collaborating with communities in Patigi and Share in Kwara to establish high capacity rice mills to boost production.
The director said there was a platform for potential agriculturists to access loans and other incentives to improve crop production in the country.
He urged Nigerians to be part of the transformation in the agriculture sector to achieve the government’s aims.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/nigeria-to-stop-rice-importation-in-2014)