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Buhari launches 13 rice pyramids - NaijaAgroNet

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Nigerian President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, has urged citizens to be patient because the price of rice in the market is expected to fall as the country recently launched 13 pyramids of rice paddy, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Buhari made these calls on Tuesday in Abuja noted that the growing food production in the country, especially the expansion in rice farming, will bring down prices of food, thereby making it more affordable for all.
He told participants at the official commissioning ceremony of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)/Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Rice Paddy Pyramids at the Abuja International Trade Fair Complex, that rice production in Nigeria has increased to over 7.5 million metric tons annually.

“Prior to the introduction of the Anchor Borrowers Programme (APB), the average production in Nigeria between 1999 to 2015, was less than 4 metric tons annually.

“I am aware that the bags of paddy will be moving straight from here to rice milling plants across Nigeria, which lead to the release of processed rice to the markets by the rice millers. The measure will aid our efforts at reducing the price of rice in Nigeria.

“Before this administration launched the ABP, there were only 15 standard Rice mills in Nigeria. As at today, we have over 50 Standard and integrated Rice mills creating jobs and reducing unemployment. We expect additional significant output when two new mills are started in Lagos and Katsina,’’ he said.

Also, Buhari said, the country could boast of producing over 7.5 million metric tons of rice annually, with over four million farmers benefiting from the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP).

“The significance of today’s occasion can be better understood by looking at the various economic strides the administration has achieved through agriculture.

“When we assumed the reins of leadership of this country in 2015, the administration identified the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme as an essential policy instrument for achieving economic diversification through agriculture.”

Further, he said, the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and the rice pyramids are a testament to his administration’s efforts to increase food production, stressing that the commissioning of the rice pyramids was an indication that the country was making steady and assured progress towards self-sufficiency in food production.

“Fellow Nigerians, our gathering here today, is no doubt a testament to the fact that the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme is working. Indeed, these sky-high pyramids which we are gathered here to commission are part of our commitment to achieving national food security and economic diversification through home-grown policies targeted at securing food for all Nigerians.

“As a critical policy of the government, the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme is expected to catalyze the agricultural productive base of the nation, which is a major part of our economic plan to uplift the economy, create jobs, reduce reliance on imported food and industrial raw materials, and conserve foreign exchange.

“In the implementation of the Programme, adoption of high-yielding seedlings, quality inputs and best farming practices were essential features.

“For instance, the improved rice seedlings have helped to ensure our achievement of rice sufficiency, as they are disease-resistant and have an average yield of about 5 metric tonnes per hectare, compared with the traditional national average of 1.5 metric tonnes.

“This has resulted in bridging our rice consumption gap, a significant reduction in rice imports, and saved us foreign exchange,’’ he said.

Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele; President Rice Farmer Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Aminu Goronyo; Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu Abubakar; Jigawa State Governor Muhammad Baderu Abubakar; Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi; Cross Rivers State Governor Ben Ayade; SGF Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari; Jigawa State Governor Muhammad Baderu Abubakar; President Aliko Group Aliko Dangote and others during the launch of the 2022 FCT Mega Rice Pyramid at the Trade fair Complex in Abuja. Credit: State House.

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