The minister of agriculture Audu Ogbeh has raised an alarm that eight ships filled with low quality rice are being imported to Nigeria from Singapore.
Ogbeh who raised the alarm at the mid-term town-hall meeting of the federal government in Abuja on Tuesday, May 16 said the ships are currently heading to Nigeria.
Ogbeh said: “Information reaching us indicates that 8 ships loaded with low quality rice are heading to Benin Republic to enter Nigeria, but we are waiting for them.”
The minister further warned that the federal government would not allow the importation of sub-standard rice or any other good into Nigeria anymore. He also referred to the successes of the Anchor Borrowers Programme in Kebbi state as a way for Nigerians to start eating and growing its own locally-produced rice.
Ogbeh said the federal government would not allow the importation of sub-standard rice or any other good into Nigeria anymore
He however stated that the current administration has made progress in curbing the importation of low quality rice into Nigeria. According to him, the importation of rice into Nigeria reduced from 580,000 tonnes in 2015 to 58,000 tonnes in 2016.
Also, the governor of Central Bank of Nigerian Godwin Emefiele in support of the minister had said the apex bank was moved to support agriculture after the country ran into a situation where its reserves had been badly exhausted. Emefiele said CBN would continue to encourage investors like the Coscharis Group because of their commitment in the business.