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Government to ban rice importation

15 October 2015, 16:09

Abuja - Federal government is set to stop the importation of rice in the next two years, Vanguard reports.

It however said that the policy would not be enforced until it has developed local industries to produce maximally for local consumption.

The plan was communicated to State House Correspondents by Zamfara State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari after a joint meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Godwin Emefiele and permanent secretaries of federal ministries at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Also read: Nigeria loses N1bn daily to rice importation

Yari stated that with the emerging political will power of the present government and the availability of arable land, Nigeria can sustain itself with rice production.

He regretted that so much money had gone into rice importation which he said could be produced locally.

Read more at Vanguard

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