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FG TO REVITALIZE RICE FARMS IN RICE PRODUCING REGIONS

FG TO REVITALIZE RICE FARMS IN RICE PRODUCING REGIONS

The Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri says the Nigeria Government Rice Farms in Anambra State will be revitalized to boost rice production, create jobs and also improve the living standard of the people in the State and the region.

Speaking during his on the spot assessment of Federal Government Rice Farms/ Mills in Omor and Umerum, located at Ayamelum Local Government Area of the State under Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme, the Minister stated that’’ Federal Government is vigorously pursuing and implementing programmes to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production because of its strategic importance as a major staple food crop in achieving food and nutrition security

Shehuri said the present administration has provided various interventions to promote investment in the rice sector.

 As a result of these interventions, the country has increased its production from 4.8 million metric tons of milled rice in 2015 to over 6 million metric tons by 2019 with a huge reduction in the nation’s deficit.