As per recent information, it has been indicated that the Federal Government’s resolve to diversify the economy through agriculture received a boost with the Republic of Guinea donating 12 (twelve) high yielding varieties of rice seeds to Nigeria to increase rice production in the country. It has also been revealed that the donation was presented to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on behalf of the government of the Republic of Guinea by the Charge “D” Affairs of Nigeria to the Republic of Guinea, Ambassador Jerry Hassan. Further, in this matter, the ambassador explained that his decision to solicit for these varieties of rice seeds from the Republic of Guinea was informed by the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy from oil to other sectors such as in particularly agriculture. It was further, explained that these varieties of rice seeds which are high yielding could be cultivated three times in a year and it would boost rice production in Nigeria to their satisfaction.
Meanwhile, in this regard, the Desk Officer of Rice Value Chain, Dr. Victor Onyeneke, who received the donation on behalf of the ministry expressed appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Guinea and affirmed that the high yielding varieties of rice seeds would certainly reduce the cost of production for rice farmers with an increase in yield simultaneously. Mr Onyeneke also stated that the gesture from the Republic of Guinea was not only for the Ministry but for the entire country as it would go a long way in increasing food production and improving livelihood too .It was also narrated that these varieties of rice seeds would be handed over to relevant agencies of the Ministry namely; the Agricultural Quarantine Services; National Agricultural Seed Council and National Cereal Research Institute for analysis and confirmation accordingly.