According to the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Nigeria will soon start exporting rice in order to achieve the country’s twin goals of food security and economic diversification. This was disclosed by the Mr Ado Hassan, Secretary of the RIFAN chapter in Kano State during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the president, Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled the mega rice pyramids in Abuja today.
According to NAN, the pyramid unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari, is a collaboration between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and RIFAN under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Program.
Mr. Hassan refuted claims that the rice pyramids on display were not entirely composed of rice, stating that the commodity was brought in by rice farmers from virtually every state in the country.
He also bragged about Nigeria becoming Africa’s largest producer of rice as a result of the Federal Government’s support and the CBN’s intervention.
He added that, while insecurity was a setback, it did not deter farmers from growing a variety of crops. He assured that Nigeria’s massive investment in rice cultivation will lower the price and make it more accessible to ordinary Nigerians.