Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday inaugurated a presidential committee / task force to boost rice and wheat production in the country.
This was disclosed to State House correspondents by Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, at the end of the meeting with the Vice President.
He said: “His Excellency the Vice President invited few state governors, the executive governors of Kano,Kebbi and Ebonyi, the Minister of State for Agriculture, the President of Wheat farmers association, and President of the Rice farmers association.
“And inaugurated a presidential committee / task force on rice and wheat that will help in identifying all that we need to do in order to make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice and wheat and step up current efforts to produce those commodities in Nigeria.” He added
He was optimistic that Nigeria will become self-sufficient in the two items given the current efforts in place across the country, motivation of the farmers and the increasing interest to invest in agriculture by many well-meaning Nigerians.
He said: “We should be able to achieve the target within a short time that will lead to our national aspirations.
“There has been significant achievement in that respect, this last season the executive governor of Kano and myself supported our farmers to produce more wheat and wheat farmers have signed an agreement with the flower millers by which the flower millers agreed to obtain all that the wheat farmers are able to provide.
“We are seeing increasing interest in rice as well, many millers are now willing to work with farmer group.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has always emphasized the importance of farming and farmers to the Nigerian economy and it is important that they get rewarded for their efforts, the governor of Kano had been doing a lot and it is a model that we will copy,” he stated.