Nigeria To Ban Rice Importation This Year

Rice grows in a paddy field in Sawara City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Rice stockpiles in Japan may drop to the lowest level since 2008, supporting prices after the grain rallied 20 percent in the local market on decreased supply following last year's earthquake and nuclear disaster. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

In recent times, the agricultural sector has worked towards empowering farmers. The focus on agriculture is in a bid to ensure the country does not rely on importation to feed.

President Buhari in his New Year speech delivered in a live broadcast this morning, disclosed that the Federal government will stop the importation of rice beginning from this year

”Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy. Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on” he said