President Muhammadu Buhari has set sights on the production of 7 million tonnes of rice next year to boost Nigeria’s economy.
The Federal Government has said that the present administration is targeting an annual production of seven million tonnes of staple rice with the new technology of rice production from the year 2017.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh dropped the hint during his meeting with a delegation from the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), led by its Chief Representative, Nakamura Hirotaka in his office according to the Nigerian Tribune.
He lauded the Rice Post- Harvest Processing and Marketing Pilot Project (RIPMAPP) developed by JICA especially the new technology to small scale rice processors, saying that, rice production which was three tonnes per hectare had improved to 7 tonnes per hectare in some states of the federation with the new technology of rice production and new formula of fertilizer production and soil mapping in which each state has its own soil mapping and soil texture which made the production high.
Audu Ogbeh thanked JICA for its supports to Nigeria and assured them of full support and collaboration that would be needed to develop the nation’s Agricultural sector.
The minister informed JICA of the Federal Government’s plan to buy some rice milling machines from Japan which would be proposed in the 2017 budget and asked them to explore the idea whereby rice chaffs would be converted to briquettes for household uses.
He said Nigeria would continue to leverage on her relationship with JICA and asked them to convey Nigeria.s appreciation to Japan Government.