In a bid to reduce and subsequently stop rice importation, various states have set up different programmes to boost the rice production and the agricultural sector as a whole.
It has been disclosed by Gov. Abubakar Bagudu that Kebbi state will deliver rice for as low as N10,000. To achieve this the state is to work together with farmers and millers under the Federal Government’ Anchor Borrower Programme.
The governor gave the assurances Sunday night in Birnin Kebbi at a dinner hosted in honour of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The minister is on a two-day working visit to Kebbi with a team of journalists to showcase and assess the government agricultural revolution.
Bagudu who commended the President Muhammadu Buhari led Government policy on rice called for more investments by the public and private sector.
The governor said that the mobilisation of 70,000 farmers and N11 billion spent on the pilot scheme had yielded so much dividends and attracted national and global attention to the state.
He said in addition to the two major rice milling factories – Labana and Walcot – , there were so many small and medium scale millers springing up in the state.
Bagudu disclosed that Labana and Walcot rice milling factoriies had N55 billion demand for paddy.