It’s hard to believe that we are only just getting to this stage given how much rice we consume, but this is further proof that all it takes is a leader who is a visionary; not just a governor interested in chopulating. And with all the stupid talk of plastic rice, this is very welcome news indeed. That we are now producing our very own high-grade LAKE RICE is a step in the right direction; a step to becoming more self-dependent.
We can only get better and better. BBC will do as if they did not hear this one now ; they only know how to report fake news on rice that will dim our shine. But our God is bigger than them! There are so many benefits to growing our own content, it is unreal:
- No danger of fake food – plastic, rubber or galvanised iron.
- It supports local farmers.
- Supports the economy.
- Cheaper than imports.
- Surplus can be exported
I am sure you all remember when the two governors: Lagos’ Akinwumi Ambode and the Kebbi State leader Atiku Bagudu opened the rice factories? It seemed such a short time ago, and yet the harvest is already here!
I cannot but applaud these two men. It is essential that every governor leaves a lasting legacy of their time in office. Instant gratification is great, but long-lasting service to your state is even better. Essential even, if we are to survive in this new world.
Ambode said, “Today is a historic day for Lagos and Kebbi states. In March 2016, we came together with an understanding that we want to come out with what is made in Nigeria. This partnership will, in the nearest future, lead to an expansion of production of the rice.
“While the 50 kilograms of Lake Rice will sell for N12,000, 25kg will go for N6,000 and 10kg for N2,500. For now, an individual will only be allowed to purchase a bag to enable it to go round.”
Bagudu, on his own part, said the partnership was a confirmation of both state governments’ commitment to the agenda of making Nigeria a big market in Africa.
He said while Kebbi State had comparative advantage in the area of rice production, Lagos could boast the largest consumption market.
“I am proud of this joint venture. We can do more with other commodities like cocoa, soya beans and sorghum,” Bagudu said.
So, if you must eat rice this Christmas period, make sure that it is Lake Rice. The only way is up, Nigerians!
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