Nigerian government commends rice, wheat farmers

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has expressed satisfaction with the efforts being put in place by rice and wheat farmers to increase production.

Kebbi state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu disclosed this while chatting with Journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on rice and wheat.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting which lasted over two hours, Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said the committee x-rayed the performance of rice and wheat farmers across the country and noticed an increased yield for the two products.

He said this was in line with government’s plan of attaining sufficiency in the production of rice and wheat, as it diversifies the economy.

“The meeting of the Presidential Task Force on wheat and rice reviewed the wheat programme and what we can do more in order to support States to achieve increased production of wheat as well as help the farmers get good price for their products. Equally we reviewed where we are with rice production and the Acting President noted with satisfaction the effort by all the different stakeholders, so as to achieve self sufficiency within the shortest possible time,” he stated.

The Governor said the Acting President, who chairs the Task Force assured farmers and millers that government will continue to support them, to enhance food security.

“The Acting gave assurance that the Federal Government will continue to support rice and wheat farmers, millers and other stakeholders involved in the value chain, so as to achieve the drive towards self sufficiency and food security,” he said.

Also present at the meeting were the Governors of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, his Ebonyi state counterpart, David Umahi, Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar and the Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh .

It would be recalled that the Presidential Task Force on rice and wheat production was inaugurated in June 2016 with a mandate of ensuring that the country attains self sufficiency in the production of rice and wheat.