Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbe said that the government is taking steps to ensure food security for Nigerians.
Speaking during the annual lecture of the League of Catholic Brethren in Lagos, Ogbeh explained that ensuring food security is a priority issue for the government.
He said that the government is working to improve the quality and competitiveness of agricultural products and to promote the development of the value chain.
However, he said that the government has made great strides in the development of agricultural development in terms of the cost of production and exports.
Ogeh said that plant varieties and cultivation methods were improved to improve the quality of crops, while productivity and quality of basic products, including rice, increased.
Ogbbe complained that Nigeria spent $ 6 million a day on rice imports.
After that, he said that the customs closed the land borders to induce the Nigerians to eat local rice.
The strategy, in his opinion, gives results.
He said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) increased rice production in Nigeria through its ABC program, adding that the efforts made in local rice production allowed the country to save about 800 million US dollars.