As Nigeria reposition itself to attain self-sufficiency in rice production, the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, has appealed to Nigerians to consume locally produced rice due to its high quality.
The governor gave the advice at an event tagged “Grain Price Seasonality in Kebbi and Transforming African Agriculture through Science and Innovation”, organised by USAID and Kebbi State University of Science and Technology.
Bagudu, urged Nigerians to patronise locally produced rice because of its quality, nutritional benefits and for its potentials of increasing revenue for the country.
“Nigerians should pay more attention to locally-produce rice which has high quality and purity more than imported foreign rice. More so, by paying attention to our own products, we are helping the economy of the country to grow speedily.” He said.
While assuring that his administration would encourage research in the University on various food crops, the governor charged the organisers of the event to lead the way in finding acceptable price for grains.
“You should also dwell in research that could afford grains produce in the state and Nigeria, to have equal value price in any country of the world.” Bagudu said