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We’ve achieved 85% self-sufficiency in rice production –Adesina

Nigeria is currently between 80 and 85 per cent self-sufficient in the production of paddy rice.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, said the agricultural policy of the Federal Government had started yielding fruits.

He stated that as part of the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, the government was transforming agriculture from a social service into a business.

According to him, the sector will be private-sector driven and investment-focused.

The minister said by 2015, the country would produce 20 million metric tonnes of food.

He stated that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had been decentralised as part of the transformation agenda.

Adesina said the ministry had offices in 36 states, and six zonal offices.

The minister further said that the administration had ended corruption in fertilizer and seed distribution and noted that seed companies in the country had increased from five in 2011 to 80.

The minister also disclosed that in 2012, 1.4 million metric tonnes of paddy rice was produced in Nigeria.

This, he said, increased to 2.9 million metric tonnes in 2013, adding that the government was determined to stop importation of rice in 2015.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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