Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, RIFAN, has said that in June 2017, a 50 kilogram of rice bag will sell at N10, 000.
Aminu Goronyo, the national president of Rice Farmers Association of
Nigeria (RIFAN), told newsmen that rice farmers now have direct access
‘Fertiliser was a very big challenge, but today it has become a history.
We have signed MoU where the fertilizer is sold N5, 500 per bag of
fertilizer, and is now a government policy. We have more fertilizer in
the country and go direct to the hands of the farmers and is everywhere
in the country.
‘We have already achieved rice sufficiency in the last two years because
all the rice we eat is grown here in the country. With the government
through the Nigeria Customs Service on the land borders, including the
high exchange rate no importer can go to other countries and import rice
for profit. I assure you in the next three months a 50kg bag of rice
will come down to N10, 000, he said.
farmers certified and quality seeds for over 30 years, which has played a
role in the inflation on rice, which currently sells for N20k.
‘I blame the previous governments because for the 30 years we don’t have
enough certified seeds. The government has played vital role in
creating this problem for the farmers.’