According to the Senior Special Assisstant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Federal Government has purchased 110 rice milling machines to boost rice production in the Country. This is aimed at consolidating the efforts of the government so far on rice production. The acquired rice mills will be installed in significant parts of the country before the end of July.
Mr. Garba Shehu confirmed this development on his Facebook page on Monday. In his post, he was also quoted to have said that Nigeria was the second largest producer of rice in the world. A claim which seemingly proves controversial as some media account users have debunked the claim. Backing his claim, He indicated that 48,000 new millionaires emerged in Kebbi State alone last year by investing in the growing rice business.
“A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi State alone last year for growing rice.”
The presidential aide stressed the need for Nigerians to also involve themselves more in the agricultural diversification process informing that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture would soon come up with the novel developments on rice production in the country.
Below is an excerpt from the facebook statement:
“We are not the first to say that Nigeria has grown to the second position in rice production worldwide.
“The CNN, which is not a frivolous news source, said this. We have reason to believe them because of their global reach.
“While we wait the numbers from the Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, we are collating our own figures and in the coming weeks, the officials in the Ministry of Agriculture will be coming up with our own position on rice production.
“Don’t forget that since October last year, Nigeria has been feeding many parts of West, North and Central Africa.
“Many of these countries have been shopping in Nigeria for rice, sorghum, sesame and millet.
“To support the growing rice industry, the Federal Government just acquired 110 rice milling machines which will be installed in different parts of the country between now and July.