“The Buhari led administration is taking agriculture serious. We would support all efforts to develop the agric sector, to provide food, job and also grow the economy. The selfish aspect of it for me is that it goes to preserve our foreign exchange, as far as we produce what we eat, and we eat what we produce.
In his speech, Amosun said availability of food is synonymous with the survival of the society as a whole, noting that besides, the state’s past efforts at tackling poverty in all ramifications will amount to nothing if concerted efforts are not taken to ensure food security to people at all income levels.
“ This is why today is a significant day, not just for Ogun State, but for Nigeria as well. The MITROS Rice Mill, the first of its kind in Ogun State, will create jobs for our farmers. From now on, they will no longer need to travel far and wide in search of milling facilities. With this Mill, they will not only benefit from high-quality processing of their output, but also enjoy guaranteed off-take.’’
The rice plantation is located in Egua in Yewa South local council area of the State while the rice mill is located at Abeokuta, the state capital.Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu who doubles as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Agricultural Commodities and production said, “Nigeria has the ability to produce rice competitively. Currently, there is no nation that can produce rice cheaper and deliver it to Nigeria and to be imported properly and for such rice to compete with the rice being produced by Nigerian farmers.
“Therefore, it is important for us all to mobilize and patronize Nigerian rice and Nigerian commodities because if anything, we know how they were produced, we know the executive standards. We know the freshness, compared to commodities we know relatively nothing about, unlike Mitros Ofada Rice, or Ebonyi rice or Confluence Rice or any other rice from any other state from Nigeria. This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria.’’