The Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, says Nigeria is competitive in rice production, adding that the country has done well in the area of rice production in the last few years.
What has been happening is that countries that are stronger than us, countries that started early are selling subsidised rice to us, or rice that has been kept in storage for many years but we are selling freshly produced rice,” Bagudu said on Tuesday while featuring on Arise TV monitored by Urhobo Daily.
He, however, expressed optimism that the country has the prospect to dominate the rice market in West Africa and on the continental level with the right investment in critical infrastructure and capital.
“With the support we are receiving, the funding from the domestic economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Capital Market that is beginning to get interested, we believe that we have what it takes to continue to dominate and expand ourselves outside the shores of Nigeria,” he added.
The agricultural revolution across the whole country including Kebbi is still on its way and we are counting on agriculture to lead us out of recession despite the downturn in other sectors,” he added.
Urhobo Daily had earlier reported that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), described Kebbi State as “the focal point of our policy for rice production locally as part of this administration’s commitment to agricultural revival which suffered relative neglect in favour of food importation”.