• Beware! Here Are Tips on How to Identify the Poisonous Plastic Rice

    Beware! Here Are Tips on How to Identify the Poisonous Plastic Rice

    There are credible reports that a synthetic rice detrimental to human health has been smuggled into Nigeria all the way from Asia with a public call to local consumers to stay vigilant.

    The circulation of synthetic rice also known as the poisonous plastic rice is no longer a rumour after a Nigerian woman raised a public alarm about her encounter with the harmful cereal.

    Below are a few tips that will help in exposing the poisonous food to avoid consumption:

    1. The mortar […]

  • Ebonyi bans sale of foreign rice in markets

    Ebonyi bans sale of foreign rice in markets

    According to reports, the Ebonyi Government is to enforce its ban on the sale of foreign rice in markets and other outlets in the state.

    Governor David Umahi made the disclosure when participants of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Senior Course 39, Jaji, visited him in Abakaliki on Monday.

    The governor said the order would soon be enforced to ensure that the residents patronised home-grown Ebonyi Rice.

    He said, “I will personally lead a task-force, consisting of the State Executive Council […]

  • Nigerian Customs seize 1600 bags of smuggled rice

    Nigerian Customs seize 1600 bags of smuggled rice

    Officials of the Nigeria Customs on Sunday raided Itekun waterside at Ishasi, a suburb near Iba Local Government Area of Lagos ,where they seized 1600 bags of rice brought into the country illegally by smugglers.

    Taupyen Selchang, spokesman for Seme Customs Command told newsmen that the raid was carried out by a combined team of officials.

    “It was an operation carried out on Sunday 13th November by officers and men of the task force Compliance unit of the Federal Operation unit and […]

  • Rice producers raise alarm over increased smuggling

    Rice producers raise alarm over increased smuggling

    Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) has raised alarm over the massive smuggling of finished rice into the country from the Republic of Benin, Niger and Cameroon.

    They alleged that their investigation have shown that the product are berthed and warehoused in the countries at very little import duties and then pushed into the Nigerian markets where they sell at exhorbitant rate.

    The Chairman RIPAN, Abubakar Muhammed, during a media briefing yesterday in Abuja pointed out that among countries in West Africa, […]

  • Nigeria will soon become major power in rice exportation – Ogbeh assures Nigerians

    Nigeria will soon become major power in rice exportation – Ogbeh assures Nigerians

    According to reports, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has assured Nigerians that with measures adopted by the Federal Government, the country would soon transmute into a rice exporting country within one year.

    Ogbeh gave the assurance in Hadejia and Auyo local government areas in Jigawa State when he visited to ascertain the level of rice production in the zone, assuring that rice production in the country was part of efforts designed to discourage the importation of the commodity.

    He stated […]

  • Abakaliki Rice Mill Limited agrees to relocate to new site

    Abakaliki Rice Mill Limited agrees to relocate to new site

    According to reports, the Abakaliki Rice Mill Limited has finally agreed to relocate from its present site to a new mill as directed by the state government.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the relocation issue pitched the company against the immediate past Ebonyi State Government, which made it seek litigation at the National Industrial Court.

    The company withdrew the matter from court and decided to engage in dialogue with the present administration.

    The state government has also acquired the United Nations […]

  • Rice revolution has started, says Emefiele

    Rice revolution has started, says Emefiele

    Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that rice revolution has started in Nigeria.

    The CBN governor also said the apex bank does not have foreign exchange to continue to support importation of farm produce, including rice, wheat, tomato and poultry products anymore.

    “We in Central bank do not have foreign exchange to continue to support importation of these items. We need to be able to grow them since our land is fertile; our climate is good […]

  • Cross River to establish rice mill with CBN N3bn loan

    Cross River to establish rice mill with CBN N3bn loan

    Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River, has said the state government has obtained N3bn loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria for the establishment of state-of-the-art rice mill.

    Ayade made the disclosure on Thursday in Calabar after inspecting rice mills in Ogoja and Obudu accompanied by CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and Kebbi State governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu.

    He said, “The loan is being disbursed through the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme.

    “The programme is aimed at upgrading small farmers to commercial farmers, thereby achieving […]

  • CBN spends N23bn on local production of rice

    CBN spends N23bn on local production of rice

    According to reports, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government has spent N23bn in promoting local production of rice, soya bean, sugar and other important produce.

    Emefiele, represented by his Special Adviser on Development Finance, Mr. Paul Eluhaiwe said spoke in Kebbi after inspecting the Wasagu Soya bean project and launching of the dry season farming.

    The Soya bean project is a partnership between Kebbi government and International Capital Market Group commodity […]

  • Rice importation to end next year – FG

    Rice importation to end next year – FG

    Rice importation into the country is to end next year, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, has assured.

    He spoke at a joint Anchor Borrowers rice farm inspection with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and the Governor of Niger State, Alh Abubakar Bello, at Sunti, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State, at the weekend.

    According to him “The federal government’s massive rice production programme, has made huge impacts on the […]

  • We have surplus of rice, no more importation, says Ogbeh

    We have surplus of rice, no more importation, says Ogbeh

    According to reports, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday disclosed that Nigeria, with the current surplus of rice production maintains the ban of importation as it is set to beat its year 2017 target of self-sufficiency.

    The Minister, who was represented by his Ministry’s Director of Planning, Musa Alhassan, stated this at a roundtable meeting of Rice Supply Chain of the Agribusiness Supplier Development Programme jointly organised by the Ministry, the United Nations Development Programme […]