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Nigeria: Federal Government says Imported rice not good for consumption

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The Federal Government has raised the alarm that rice being imported into the country is not good for human consumption.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during a media briefing in Oro, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State on Tuesday, also said the imported rice was meant to feed cattle in their countries of origin.



According to him, imported rice is cheaper than locally produced ones, because it is being dumped in Nigeria.

He advised Nigerians to consume locally produced rice, which he noted was healthy and fresh.

Mohammed stated that the Federal Government was making concerted efforts to continue to support rice farmers in the country to boost their production.

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He said “The government is making efforts to ensure that we subsidise our rice so that it will become cheaper. We are very confident that in the next couple of years, we would have achieved self-sufficiency in rice as in other products. It will take about the next one and half years for Nigeria to be self-sufficient in rice. What we have today is a far cry from what we had before. In 2015, we were doing about three million metric tonnes of rice; but today, we are doing about five million metric tonnes of rice.”

“Many of the imported brands of rice will not pass the NAFDAC test; that is why we have continued to campaign that Nigerians should patronise Nigerian rice, because it is the only healthy rice. No Nigerian rice is older than one year.”
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He also stated, “But you have rice coming from other countries that has been produced for five or six years, which normally they will feed to their cattle in their countries, which they are feeding us with today. But gradually, I can assure you that with the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, more support will be given to our farmers in the next couple of years; not only that we are going to be self-sufficient in rice production, it will become cheaper.

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Indians demands UN intervention on Kashmir terrorist attack

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Indians has call on UN to intervene on the recent crisis in Kashmir that has left dozens dead, the suicide attack is the deadliest attack recorded in the town.



However, Pakistan militant has taken responsibility of the attack but  the Indians has discarded the claim stating that their government is to be blame for the bombing. meanwhile, has urged Pakistan militant to show prove to their claims.

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Indian foreign ministry reacted to the claims saying  “We demand Pakistan to stop misleading the international community and take credible and visible action against the perpetrators of Pulwama terrorist attack and other terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under their control,”

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The situation will see the sitting President face a tough competition when rebidding for re-election.

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Famous designer Karl Lagerfeld, Dies at 85

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Karl Lagerfeld, a genius born on 10 September 1933,  was a German creative director, artist, photographer and caricaturist also known as the creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel as well as creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house has died on Tuesday in Paris. He was 85.



A source says, the famous designer death was announced on Tuesday.

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His sudden dismissal on earth has attracted alot of  tweet from his fans describing him as the greatest orchestrator of his own myth.

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In his 80s, when most of his peers were retiring to their yachts or country estates, he was designing an average of 14 new collections a year ranging from couture to the high street, and not counting collaborations and special projects. His signature combinations of “high fashion and high camp” attracted Rihanna; Princess Caroline of Monaco; Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; and Julianne Moore.

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