The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono has said Nigeria will be exporting rice in the next two years.
The minister who said this on Thursday, noted that the phenomenal increase in rice production and processing in the country has given the indication.
Speaking during an assessment tour on the impact of the border drill on the entire rice production value chain in Kura, Kano State, Nanono said the partial border closure was to protect the future of the country by providing jobs and food security.
News Agency of Nigeria reports Nanono, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed led stakeholders to inspect the cluster of cottage rice mills in Kura.
“With the way and manner we are going in the production of rice, in the next two years, we will start exporting rice outside the country.
“For those who are worried about the partial close of our borders, we are not doing this to hurt the people but to protect the future of the country, provide jobs and food sufficiency.
“Government will continue to give support to rice farmers to achieve this goal,” he said.
The minister said that Kura is an agrarian settlement known for irrigation farming in rice, tomato, maize and other items, mostly consumed in the southern part of the country.
Nanono said farmers in Kura had, however, concentrated on rice production following the border drill and the ban on rice importation.