Rice production in Nigeria has increased by 1.2 million metric tonnes within three years following the Federal Government’s interventions in the rice value chain.
This was according to the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri who stated this on Monday while assessing the Federal Government rice farms/mills in Omor and Umerum at Ayamelum Local Government Area, Anambra State, under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme-1.
The Minister further assured that the Federal Government would deepen efforts to revitalise its rice farm in Anambra in order to boost rice production, create jobs and improve the living standard of people in the state and the region.
“The present administration has provided various interventions to promote investment in the rice sector.
“As a result of these interventions, the country has increased its production from 4.8 million metric tonnes of milled rice in 2015 to over six million metric tonnes by 2019 with huge reduction in the nation’s deficit,” he said.
The Minister noted that the Government is implementing programmes to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production.