FG to Stabilise Price of Rice in April – Ogbe
The Federal Government has at weekend assured that it would stabilise the price of rice beginning from April this year to make it affordable to everybody in the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who made this known, while declaring open the 2016 National Wheat Farmers Field Day in Alkamawa Village in Bunkure Local Government of Kano state Saturday, said that stability of price of rice would be very viable due to its demand and affordability to the people.
He said the boosting of wheat production and other cereals had become necessary to reduce over-dependence on importation.
The minister added that over 300,000 hectares of land in wheat producing states would be dedicated to boost wheat production. “The government will continue to support farmers to encourage agricultural activity, enhance food security and employment generation in the country,’’ he said.
According to him, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will diversify the economy with greater emphasis on agriculture, urging Nigerians to embrace agriculture to improve their welfare and enable them become self reliant.
In a remark, chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said the senate would make legislation to remove obstacles being faced by wheat farmers in the country.
On his part, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi said his state would dedicate 70 per cent of the proposed 300,000 hectares of land for wheat production to boost its output.