The vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yemi Osinbajo, has said the country is producing 90 percent of its rice consumption.
Osinbajo said this on Friday at the vice-presidential debate for the 2019 elections in Abuja.
“We have a social investment policy; possibly the largest ever in the history of our country. N500bn is what we’re investing in every cycle,” Osinbajo said.
“In the area of agriculture, barely five years ago, this country was importing $5m of rice every single day. Today, we are down to 90 percent less.
“We’re producing 90 percent of the rice that we consume and we’re importing only two percent of what we used to import.
“At the same time, there are other forms of produce. Sorghum, for example, is fast replacing barley.
“We’re also in cashew and practically every other area. Agriculture in Nigeria today has certainly gone up in leaps and bounds.”