Visiting Ero Dam this morning in Iku village, Ido Osi LGA, Ekiti State. This dam has great potential for our national irrigation programme. Photo: Twitter

 By Oladipupo Mojeed

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh has assured Nigerians that the increasing prices of food in the country would crash in a matter of weeks.

The minister stated this in Ekiti state during his visit to the Afe Babalola University’s (ABUAD) farm.

He also disclosed his ministry’s intention to supply the institution with 20 tons of rice seedlings in the next planting season to boost production.

Ogbeh added that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would stop importation of rice this year.

Importation of Rice

Explaining government’s policy to stop importation of rice, Ogbeh hinted that the country has enough domestic production capacity that could sustain consumption and meet foreign exchange earnings that can guarantee diversification of the economy.

Ero Dam in Iku village, Ido Osi LGA, Ekiti State. Photo:m Twitter

He also said the federal government would sign a memoranda of understanding with ABUAD and Ekiti government to further boost local production of rice and yam.

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Oladipupo Mojeed is a graduate of Mass Communications from Lagos State University, LASU. He is a photojournalist with a great zeal for concise news reportage complemented with gripping photographs.

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