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Bag of rice may sell for N40,000 by December – Lokpobiri

According to reports, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has said that Nigeria spends about $22bn a year on importation of food.

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Lokpobiri made this known on Saturday at a town hall meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

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He said the development had led to the astronomical rise in price of rice and other commodities, stressing that if Nigerians failed to produce some of the items being imported, before December the price of rice would skyrocket to N40,000 a bag.

He said there was a projection that by 2050, Nigeria’s population would be 450 million, wondering what would happen then if the people could not feed themselves now.

Lokpobiri said, “For your information, we spend about $22bn a year importing food into Nigeria. We know how many more dollars … and that is why you see the price of rice going up.

“Price of rice was N12,000 some months ago, but it is now about N26,000 and if we don’t start producing, by December it could be N40,000.

“Rice matures in three months. So, this is a wake up call for Bayelsa people to take the four farms we have seriously. The federal government has four farms in the state in our records. The average land you see in Bayelsa can grow rice, so the colonial masters were not wrong in their assessment when they said Niger Delta could feed not only Nigeria but the entire West Africa sub-region.

“Unfortunately, agriculture till today, is not a priority of the Niger Delta as far as the state governments are concerned because of oil.”

He said the states in the Niger Delta had yet to give priority to agriculture the way the North-West states such as Kebbi, Jigawa, Kano as well as other states like Lagos, Ebonyi, Anambra, have prioritised it.

He said Anambra State for instance, was not owing salaries despite the fact that it does not have oil but raking in money by exporting vegetables.

12 Comments on Bag of rice may sell for N40,000 by December – Lokpobiri

  1. Is he mad? What’s the meaning of that?

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  2. Had I know will be in the minds of those that voted this failure called Buhari.

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  3. Chai…no december rice. Dz z bad… Buhari may God bless u…next time when Nigerians hear AP dem go say watin be d last alphabet.

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  4. False prophet.

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  5. this serious oh

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  6. Those who want to Chop rice by all means have to think twice. And Lokpobiri, that is why the Niger Delta People are angry that their land good for Rice farming has been destroyed by 62years of Oil exploration by very Wicked Companies like Shell. After almost everywhere has been destroyed, and their plan to chase away the people to leave permanently as refugees in Kwara State failed, Shell and fellow criminals in Government etc. starts preaching Health and Safety and Environment. But you have spoilt the environment irretrievably. That was the reason, the Federal Government, the 60% Shareholder of Oil Revenue arrogated to themselves, while sitting down in Lagos and Abuja the right to develop the Niger Delta instead of the Oil Companies who knows the condition of the people they have in their greed and in the name of Capitalism destroyed their mainstay.
    So, Mr. Lokpobiri, Barrister at Law, the man from Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, and you know what is the impoverished state of the people as a result of the destruction of their environment without hope of cleaning, when Agriculture being developed with the Oil money becomes the mainstay of the Nigerian Economy as it was in the pre-1960s, and the Niger Delta people have no land to farm, what will be their fate? Even now, the oil is still relevant, the Niger Delta is getting nothing? Niger Delta was home to Rubber, Timber, and Palm Oil and were world leaders in its export. Palm trees has died out of Gas flaying, the surviving Palm trees no long bear fruit, how do rice and rubber grow? Timber of Sapele, the greater gone. What will be our share Nigeria?

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  7. It could be!!!with the way things are going now

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  8. Is only God that can see us through in the country

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  9. jesus Christ ,wats d meaning of this rubbish talk ,do u want Nigeria to die

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  10. Adesanya ifeoluwa // September 12, 2016 at 10:27 am // Reply

    No wahala we are here!!!!

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  11. okoro precious // September 12, 2016 at 10:43 am // Reply

    shey bean no dey dere

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  12. Lokpobiri’s message is very clear: If u want to eat rice, grow rice! I will however want to add that government should help in this project by building Mills, Silos and making fertilizer easily available and affordable to whosoever wants to heed the govt’s advice to go back to the land.

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