Boosting the Nigerian rice value chain is significant in attaining food security in the country.
As part of efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MV Agro Engineers Nigeria and MV Agro Engineers PVT Limited, India to procure 10 integrated large-scale rice mills for rice processing in Nigeria.
Speaking during the Agreement signing, Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh stated that Nigeria is determined to wean itself off dependence on food importation; by boosting local food production across the different value chains and especially in rice production to meet the needs of Nigeria’s increasing population and consumption of the staple. “We will produce our food; we cannot survive on a diet of importation of everything”, the Minister stated.
The Minister added that the current administration was working tirelessly to achieve self- sufficiency in rice as the country could not afford to spend 5 million dollar a day importing rice and this had precipitated the Ministry to adopt a system which is to handwork industrialists into prosperity by buying agricultural machines to resell to investors to manage and pay over a period of time.
Minister of State, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri in his remarks expressed gratitude to the President and members of the Federal Executive Council for the unanimous approval of the memo for the acquisition of the 10 large scale rice processing plants for the country. He described the rice produced in Nigeria as fresh and one of the best in the world in terms of quality and taste; expressing delight that the additional milling capacity as a result of the MoU would boost local rice production for the benefit of all Nigerians.