- The minister of agriculture and rural development has said that Nigeria will soon begin exportation of rice
- Sabi Nanono said there is a high rate of rice production across Nigeria especially in Kano state
- According to the minister, the proposed rice exportation could begin in the next two-years
Nigeria's minister of agriculture and rural development, Sabo Nanono, has assured the general public that the country will commence exportation of rice by 2021.
Speaking on Thursday, December 5, during an assessment tour of the impact of the border drill on the entire rice production value chain in Kura, Kano state, Nanono said with the increase in rice production and processing in Nigeria, there would be the exportation of the produce in the next two-years.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister during the tour with his colleague from the ministry of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, said the partial closure of the Nigerian borders is for the good of the nation.
The team visited four integrated rice mills in the state which are Al-Hamsad Rice, Kura Brothers Rice Mill, Tiamin Rice Ltd and Umza International Farms.
He also said that the border closure was solely for the purpose of safeguarding Nigeria's future and providing jobs and sufficient food supply for citizens.
Nanono said: "The way and manner we are going in the production of rice, in the next two years, we will start exporting rice outside the country."
“For those that are worried about the partial close of our borders, we are not doing this to hurt the people but to protect the future of the country, provide jobs and food sufficiency. “Government will continue to give support to rice farmers to achieve this goal,” Nanono said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that on Tuesday, October 29, the government of Vietnam pleaded with the Nigerian government to allow the importation of rice into the country.
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The deputy prime minister of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue, made the request on behalf of the country's government during a visit to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
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