The President of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Aminu Goronyo, has explained President Muhammadu Buhari efforts in the rice subsector.
He told Daily Trust on Monday that when this government took over, the country was achieving 1.5 to 2 metric ton per hectare, noting that today in the same place, the same farmer is getting between 5 to 8 metric tons per hectare.
“In 2015 precisely when the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (APB) was launched on 17th November, what we cultivate per annum is between 2.5 to 3 million metric ton maximum, but today Nigeria is producing between 8 to 11 million metric tons so you can see that there are many achievements. I will continue to mention so many achievement that we have achieved from 2015 to date.
“Before 2015, everybody knew that rice was imported into the country, every 12 months, about N300 billion is being exported as forex to foreign countries for rice importation alone but from that time till date, Mr President has refused the issuance of that so-called forex, which we call exportation of employment and wealth creations to foreign countries,” Alhaji Aminu said.
The rice farmers national president stressed that about 80 to 90 percent of the rice we consume in Nigeria from 2015 is being grown locally, adding “so you can see there’s tremendous transformation”.