By Victor Ernest With Agency Report.
The Federal Government has acquired 110 rice milling machines to be installed in different parts of the country between now and July, to boost rice production across the country.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, confirmed this development on his Facebook page on Monday.
He said Nigeria has just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world, following a “rice revolution started just a year ago”.
He stated that a newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi State alone in 2016 for growing rice.
”This over reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this. So, the diversification of the economy means more money will be in the hands of ordinary Nigerians,” he said.
The presidential aide maintained that Nigerians should be proud of the ongoing agricultural revolution in the country.
Shehu, however, stated that officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture would soon come up with the latest development on rice production in the country.
According to him, Nigeria has been feeding many parts of West, North and Central Africa since October, 2017.
”Many of these countries have been shopping in Nigeria for rice, sorghum, sesame and millet,” he added.