The Federal Government says Over three months after the closure of the nation’s borders, about six million Nigerians, including youths, have ventured into rice farming in the country.
The number may have risen to over 18 million if 12.2 million farmers involved in the venture before the border closure as provided by the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria is added.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated these in Kano after a tour of major rice mills to assess the impact of border closure.
Mohammed also stated that the impact of the border closure would hasten the country’s quest to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production.
According to him, while daily production has hit 150,000 bags, the cycle of rice cultivation has increased from twice a year to three times a year as a result of increase in the rice production value chain.
The minister expressed optimism that self-sufficiency in rice production will also translate to more job opportunities for the teeming millions of unemployed youths.