Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has said the bumper harvest recorded this farming season will help reduce and stabilise the price of rice in Nigerian markets.
Mr Bagudu, who is the Chairman Presidential Taskforce on Rice and Wheat Production in the country, made the statement on Monday in Argungu Local Government Area of the state in an interaction with rice farmers in the area.
He said “the bumper harvest the rice farmers have recorded this rainy season will bring down the price of locally produced rice.”
He further assured that this would to curtail smuggling of foreign rice into the country and make it affordable to the common man.
Mr Bagudu told the farmers that the state government would soon procure and distribute mini rice milling machines to them, to enhance the quality of rice they package for markets.
He said the government had already trained youths who will later impart the skill to rice farmers in the 21 local government areas of the state.
One of the farmers, Abubakar Usman, who told the governor that they had recorded bumper harvest, appealed to the state government to support them with fertilizer, pesticides and rice milling machines.
Mr Usman, however assured that they would sustain the tempo of what they had recorded this year, in coming seasons.