Nigeria to begin rice export in 2 years – Minister

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Nigerians patronize local rice

By Cecilia Ijuo

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono, said on Tuesday in Abuja that Nigeria would hopefully begin exporting rice to other countries in the next two years.

Nanono hinted this in a statement issued on his behalf by Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, the Director of Information in the ministry.

The statement quoted the minister as saying that the border closure by the federal government had resulted in increased output of local rice by farmers and millers across the country.

Nanono said during a working visit to Nestle Nigeria PLC in Lagos that, “ before the closure of our land borders, most of the rice milling plants were operating partially, but now they not only operate in full capacity but are also expanding.

“If we can maintain the momentum, in the next two years, we might commence export of rice to other countries.”

The minister further said that most rice producers have stocked rice in various silos that…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria