Nigeria to produce 7m tonnes of rice by 2018

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has said that the Federal Government is targeting the production of seven million tonnes of rice by 2018. Ogbeh said that the target, which would be achieved by the second quarter of 2018, was to meet the national consumption rate.

He said, “I think we have attained the level of being one of the largest producers of rice, even though many people are still in doubt about that. “So, for those who say it is not true, I think they need to take another look. I have been in Vietnam, the same kind of rice plantation you see there is what you see in Nigeria. The only thing we need to add is the milling capacity, which we are increasing.”