Mr. Bright Okwu an agricultural economist, has advised the Federal Government to put in place necessary structures to ensure that its desire to export Nigerian rice is attainable.
Okwu, the National Coordinator of Africa Farming Projects, a non-governmental organization, advised in an interview with the Ebenews in Lagos on Monday.
“For the idea of exporting rice to become attainable, the government needs to support more local fabrication of milling machines in the country.
“ Also, making available a bird scaring technology that will curb eating of the rice in farms will be necessary,’’ he told Ebenews.
He said that the Federal Government would need to invest in key infrastructure that would improve rice production.
He also suggested that the government should give incentives that would encourage the private sector to drive the various value chains.
“The government must give incentives for the private sector to bring modern farming machines that would change the production narratives so that the country will be a rice exporter,’’ he said.
Ebenews reports that the Federal Government has said that Nigeria might begin rice exportation by 2022.
He noted that Nigeria’s closure of its land borders had resulted in increased outputs by many rice milling plants operating below installed capacities before the closure. Read Here