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Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2019

Shippers Association calls on FG to invest on local rice production

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The President of the Kaduna State Shippers’ Association, Mr, Augustine Achilike has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to invest heavily on local rice production in the country even as he said that Nigeria’s rice is the organic type and the best in the world.
Augustine who received the online Arewa Online Publishers Association (OAPA) in his Kaduna office in kaduna yesterday said there is no reasonable Nigerian that can compare the local rice with the foreign one.
“Nigerian government needs to invest more in rice production because our rice is the best in the whole world. Our rice is the organic type. Check the ones that is been exported to US, I know how much they buy them because they prefer organic food.
“Even Nigerians knew that our rice is organic but what we are saying is the law of business, demand and supply must be applied here. When the supply is much, demand will fall.
What we need now in Nigeria is excess of locally produced rice, definitely if we achieve that rice price will fall.
“ There is no reasonable Nigerian that can compare the local rice with the foreign rice. So those people that are struggling to bring in foreign rice, it will just be a waste of fund by the time you bring it in and it cannot compete with the price of the local ones.
“That is why we want the Federal Government to encourage the local rice farmers so that Nigeria can have more than enough to engage the international market because the country can make a lot of money from rice,” he said
Speaking on Non-Oil Produce, Mr. Achilike said Northern Nigeria is greatly blessed with Agricultural produce adding that the food produced in the North can feed the entire Africa and even exported to Europe and Asia if properly managed”.

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