Minister of Info, Lai Mohammed, has raised the alarm that expired rice meant for animals is being smuggled into Nigeria for Nigerians to devour. The Minister made this allegation whereas talking with journalists in his Oro nation residence yesterday August 21st.
In accordance with Lai Mohammed, most of the rice being smuggled into Nigeria will fail NAFDAC check as a result of most of them have been on the shelf greater than six years and had expired.
“The rice being imported now are not match for consumption of their international locations of origin. They are additionally being subsidised and despatched right here even in credit score as a result of these individuals know that they are unfit for consumption; they are solely match for animals. Imported rice are principally smuggled into the nation as a result of they can’t move NAFDAC check. No Nigerian rice is a couple of yr outdated however the imported ones have spent even six years of their international locations”, he stated.
Lai Mohammed stated that in the subsequent one and half years, Nigeria will change into self-ample in rice manufacturing given the dedication of the administration to agriculture.
“In the space of agriculture, it has been an enormous revolution. Let’s take one of our nationwide staples, akin to rice, for example. Once we got here in, there have been 5 million rice farmers. At the moment, we now have in extra of 11 million rice farmers. Our rice import has been minimize by over 80 per cent. These didn’t occur accidentally. It was a outcome of our Anchor Debtors Programme. There are extra millionaire farmers immediately than at every other time in the historical past of our nation. At the moment, Nigeria is near reaching self-sufficiency in rice than at every other time in the historical past of our nation” he stated