Nigeria will attain self-sufficiency in rice production in 2018, Lai Mohammed says

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The Nigerian government has restated its earlier claim that the administration will soon attain its goal of self-sufficiency in rice production for the country, come 2018.

The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said this in a press conference in Abuja while briefing journalists on the administration’s growing achievements to revamp the economy.

According to Mr. Mohammed, Nigeria is inching closer to self-sufficiency in rice production, due to the successes recorded in the local production of rice.

Mr. Muhammed cited a report by a Thai rice export association to support his claim.

“In fact, the Thailand Rice Exporters Association has recently revealed that within a spate of just two years – from September 2015 to September 2017 – Nigeria’s rice importation dropped from 644,131 Metric Tonnes to just about 21,000MT.

“There is more good news to report: As a result of this administration’s success in local production, some investors from Thailand have shown interest in establishing rice milling plants in Nigeria, and this is sure to further boost rice production in Nigeria.

“The increased rice production has, in turn, led to the establishment of rice mills, including the 120,000MT WACOT Mill in Kebbi and the 1,000,000MT Dangote Rice Mill,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Mr. Mohammed added that Nigeria targets the production of seven million metric tons of rice in 2018.

“So what does the increased production of rice portend for the country? It means, as I said earlier, that Nigeria is very close to achieving self-sufficiency in rice. By 2018, the administration targets rice production of 7 million MT. As at 2015, rice demand in Nigeria stood at 6.3 million MT,” he added.

Data obtained by PREMIUM TIMES however indicate that Nigeria imported 2.330 million metric tons of rice in 2015 and 2016.

The data provided by the global Agricultural Market Information System, AMIS further indicate that Nigeria’s rice importation reduced to 2.310 million metric tons within the period of 2016 to 2017.

According to the data, Nigeria’s domestic supply of rice stood at 3.850 million metric tons in 2015 to 2016, while the figure reduced to 3.620 million metric tons within the period of 2016 to 2017.

The data also indicated that Nigeria’s domestic consumption of rice, stood at 5. 530 million metric tons of rice between 2015 and 2017.

The data provided by AMIS also forecast Nigeria’s rice importation, as expected in 2018 adding that it would rise from 2.310 million metric tons in 2017, to 2.830 million metric tons in 2018.


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  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Na don hear ba?,
    Look at how Buhari’s policy on farming is taking us to

    • Night Crawler

      It’s the best, kudos to PMB for a job well done

      • woman leader1

        The best and the real truth.

  • Otile

    Ifa Orunmila ba awon omo yi oo.

  • abodes_124

    Thank you PT for always providing us with the true facts. This is proper journalism Lai and other government spokesmen may learn to be more circumspect when they open their mouths. I do hope they are not planning to shut you down for speaking the truth..

    • Sincere-Voice

      The good works of Buhari’s government in agriculture can not be disputed. If in doubt, go ask Ebonyi state governor

      • woman leader1

        We just have to stop deceiving our self and face reality, Nigeria must produce what we eat.

    • Night Crawler

      and who says anyone who shut down PT, this administration is committed in freedom of speech but freedom after speech, I can’t assure you

  • thusspokez

    Nigeria will attain self-sufficiency in rice production in 2018

    Says Lai Mohammed, the minister of agriculture. Does Lai Mohammed knowns what his job is? The permanent secretary in Lai’s ministry ought to seat Lai down and take him through the job descriptions of minister of Information and Culture.

    Lai seems to have no clue, and wrongly sees his job as spokesperson for every ministry, and usurping the roles of the many spokespersons employed each by other ministries.

    • Sincere-Voice

      You’re a perfect and the best example of ignoramus. You’re as ignorant as the word ignorant. The man is telling the citizens of what the present administration has done and what it’s future plans are, and you’re here whinning about rubbish. Who should tell the people about the good works of a government? Is it the Minister of information or permanent secretaries? Hatred has done serious damage in you.

      • Night Crawler

        His as useless as the later p in psychology

        • woman leader1

          Lol

      • front man

        Honestly he is suffering from an unknown disease

      • thusspokez

        The man is telling the citizens of what the present administration has done

        I might be ignorant but I am not as benighted and low intellect like you, as shown by your inability to understand the concept of ministerial roles and responsibilities.

        Maybe you have spent all your life in Nigeria and used to doing things in a rather dysfunctional manner. And like a person who has spent all their adult life in prison, you response here is like praising prison food and even arguing that it is better than meals eaten in 3-star Michelin restaurant — assuming you have even heard of such restaurants. Anyway, I feel pity for your inability to tell the difference!

        In every organisation, there are departments and each headed by different people with specific roles. The marketing department do not encroach on the roles of production or accounting or HR, etc. There is allocation of responsibilities to facilitate the efficient and effective running of the organisation.

        Maybe I am even wasting my time, explaining all these to you; You seem to be like a chap who responds to everything emotionally — no matter how many times someone tries to explain to you ‘departmental roles and responsibilities’ and that the role of the ministry of information and culture is not cross-departmental and consequently, Lai does not have cross-departmental responsibilities.

        For example, if Lai were asked by reporters for detail information on the production of rice, I am sure that he wouldn’t be able to provide it, because only the ministry of Agriculture would have such details. This is a reason, ministers stick to their departmental responsibilities and avoid encroaching on the responsibilities of other departments. But I doubt that you have the wherewithal to even comprehend this simple idea.

        Further, as I recollect, the late Dora Akunyili (former minister of Information), did not interpret her role as spokesperson for every government ministry as Lai sees his role. To this, I am sure, you would simply repeat to me, like a broken vinyl record: The man is telling the citizens…yada yada yada!.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Alhaji lai is more educated that the professor in ur state…nonsense

      • woman leader1

        Lol

      • front man

        Correct

    • mamaT

      Don’t no why u are always pained whenever the achievements of this administration is been mentioned…….u must be tag dat enemy of the nation ma gosh! Looking for oppurnity to throw insult @ the minister, big shame on u.

      • front man

        Don’t mind him

    • Night Crawler

      Will you keep quite and read comment if you have nothing important upstairs to write. His the minister of information and will surely let Nigerians knows what this administration are up to

      • woman leader1

        Obviously he has not point.

      • front man

        Pls tell him

    • woman leader1

      Stop exhibiting stupidity here, HMIC is really given you sleepless nights, you are in deep pain, anyway this government will surely succeed in their plans.

    • front man

      Must you comment here base on your hypocrite sense

  • Sincere-Voice

    The exploits of this administration in agriculture is seen and applauded by all. Even the opposition party do testify on behalf of the government in this area. The government should keep up the job and do more to ensure Nigeria attains self sufficiency in rice and other agric produce.

    • Night Crawler

      You are right, kudos to PMB for standing his ground on stopping importation of rice and other food items which we can produce locally

      • front man

        Kudos to to pmb

        • dele20

          Yes poor, more greace to your elbow

    • woman leader1

      We are indeed blessed in Nigeria.

    • front man

      Correct

  • woman leader1

    This government is really doing a great job, Nigeria will always have reasons to appreciate Buhari government.

  • Night Crawler

    This is a welcome development, some people won’t be happy for this great news, I know sooner than later, we will soon see some light at the end of the tunnel

    • front man

      You have spoken well

  • woman leader1

    May God continue to bless Nigeria and move Nigeria forward.

    • dele20

      Amen, Nigeria is blessed

  • front man

    God bless Nigeria

    • dele20

      Amen

  • front man

    Thank God pmb was voted to save Nigeria from the hands of looters

    • dele20

      PMB is really saving Nigeria from the corrupt leaders

      • Olatubosun

        Sure

      • abodes_124

        Indeed like Maina and Abacha

    • Olatubosun

      You got it right……..
      Thank God for Buhari, we would had been enslaved by the previous administration

      • stackCrawler

        Abi oo

      • abodes_124

        I know. All those people they detained despite court rulings. GEJ was indeed an enemy of freedom. its just that i forget the names. please remind me. And if i recall properly GEJ also decreed Decree no. 4 no be so ?

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam

  • front man

    This is a great achievement from this present administration

    • dele20

      This present government has good plans for we Nigerians

      • Olatubosun

        Sure….
        God bless this administration

        • stackCrawler

          That’s the way

      • stackCrawler

        Surely

      • abodes_124

        The problem with the good plans they have when they do have them is that they are ill informed. Lai lies that Nigeria will be self sufficient in Rice production in 2018. Premium times does a little investigation and finds out that ‘The data provided by AMIS also forecast Nigeria’s rice importation, as expected in 2018 adding that it would rise from 2.310 million metric tons in 2017, to 2.830 million metric tons in 2018’. Now the lie in itself would not matter but what the clowns who run this government will do is to believe their own propaganda and ban rice importation in 2018 resulting in a short fall, scarcity smuggling and price rises. That is the kind of government we have and praise singers like you encourage them while they make us suffer unnecessarily.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o..

      • stackCrawler

        Naso

  • Olatubosun

    Kudos to this great team of change

    • stackCrawler

      BIg kudos

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is working hard to uplift this country of ours

    • stackCrawler

      Well said

  • stackCrawler

    We believe in the present administration

    • dele20

      This present administration is working great

  • stackCrawler

    Great one coming from HMIC

    • THEARGUMENTATOR

      Thumbs up for Nigeria on the growth. Thankx to HMIC for the update

    • dele20

      Kudos to HMIC

  • stackCrawler

    Alh Lai Mohammed all the way

    • abodes_124

      he does lai all the way!

    • dele20

      Yes ooo

    • daygea

      Correct!!!

  • progressive

    This is a great news indeed, Nigeria is now becoming a fast rising rice production.

    • dele20

      Exactly my brother

  • progressive

    Kudos to HMIC in letting Nigerians knows on how the country production will increase by 2018

  • progressive

    Maybe God continue to strengthen hmic with the good work he has been doing, he has been one of the most performing minister of information weve ever had in the country

    • dele20

      Amen ,God bless HMIC

  • progressive

    Where are the wailing wailers they have gone into hiding

    • dele20

      They are no where to be found

    • daygea

      They have all gone into hiding.

  • daygea

    This administration is really doing a lot to make sure that the country becomes a better place for us all. Kudos

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