Ban of Importation of RiceAccording to the recent information, it has been indicated that the Abia State commissioner for Agriculture and a former member of the House of Representatives, Chief Uzo Azubuike, has urged the federal government to sustain the ban on importation of rice and other foods which are easily produced in the country irrespective of pressure from any interest groups. Further, Azubuike maintained that by giving the huge food import bill of the nation especially with its dwindling economy, the federal government should not look back on the total ban of Rice and other local foods.

Furthermore, in this matter, while speaking in an interview shortly after receiving Stakeholders from the Non-oil Exportation forum in Umuahia, the Commissioner also narrated that the Nigeria has the capacity to produce enough rice to meet local consumption and even for export too. It was revealed that by given the right investment, Abia state alone can meet the rice demands of the South east states adding that other rice belts in the country have Shanti Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd.similar capacities to produce rice and other food crops to ensure food security.