Nigerian government announced that necessary effort have been put in place to boost rice production. The Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Isiaka Suarau has reiterated the present administration’s commitment to scale up its food sufficiency from the present 12 to 25 percent within the next three years as part of efforts towards ensuring food security in the State. The Commissioner made this disclosure in Alausa while presenting achievements of the Ministry of Agriculture in the last one year, during the 2017 Annual Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Press Centre, Alausa to commemorate the second year anniversary of the administration of Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
Mr. Suarau encouraged private sector operators to invest in rice processing to meet the demands of the people. He also noted that a total of 100 farmers are producing rice in Itokun in Epe Local Council, through the FADAMA 111 financing program. He said: “Rice cultivation has so far improved in the State from less than one ton per hectare with double cropping in some areas where irrigation facilities are provided. The Commissioner said economic and physical access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and wholesome meals is the goal of the government, adding that the Ministry has contributed massively to job creation via training and empowerment of youths, women and men, thereby reducing poverty in the State in the past two years. He assured everyone present that the State government is making additional arrangements for a rice milling plant that would produce 16 metric tonnes of rice per hour by December, adding that the State’s plan is to go beyond production of 10,000 Metric Tonnes of rice per annum.