Kwara Gov Ahmed Hails FG’s Ban On Rice Importation
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has commended the proposed ban on rice importation by the federal government by the year 2015 as effort to encourage the growth of the local rice farmers and millers in the country.
The governor stated this at the commissioning of a rice mill at Tsaragi, Edu Local Government area of the state where he noted that the proposed policy can only work through a holistic approach that include tax incentives and effective policing of the nation’s borders.
According to him, structured and carefully planned agro-reforms are key to achieving the desired result in the agricultural sector of the nation’s economy.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adeshina represented by the Director- General of the National Council on Agricultural Mechanization, Ike Azogu further announced that federal government has mapped out policies that are designed to achieve agricultural value chain targeted at ensuring adequate production of food from farm to the table.