Nigeria: Federal Government says Imported rice not good for consumption

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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