The Federal Government has promised to support local farmers across the country with rice milling equipment such as destoners and threshers.
The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made this known during a courtesy call on him by the Chairman of NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) Mrs. Nike Akande (CON).
He noted that with this support, it will further assist the farmers to reduce the cost of production and consequently the local price of rice will drop tremendously.
The Minister also noted that according to reports from Thai Rice Exporters Association, the volume of rice importation has dropped from a whopping 644,000 tons to 20,000 tons from 2015 till date.
Earlier, Dr. Mrs. Nike Akande (NBGN) called for the support of the Ministry in the organization of the 4th Nigeria Rice Investment Forum scheduled for 2018 and moreover assured the Minister of the continuous collaboration and support of the NBGN in the bid to grow the agriculture sector.
Dr. Mrs. Nike Akande seized the opportunity to present a plaque to the Honourable Minister of Agriculture for his efforts in driving the agriculture sector forward.
NEPAD was inaugurated in 2004 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo with the sole objective of job and wealth creation for poverty alleviation in the African continent.