“We will not encourage rice importation and there is no way our ministry or government can be involved in importing rice when we are working hard to be self-sufficient in local production. By November when the full-scale harvest starts, rice prices will fall…You may be surprised to know that only six to seven states in Nigeria are showing enthusiasm in agriculture. Some by nature don’t seem interested, while others just can’t connect with whatever we are doing at the federal level”
Audu Ogbeh, Agric Minister on the good, the bad and the ugly in the agricultural sector on October 10th, 2016 in an intervention to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja. Food for thought if only 7 states are interested and connected with the centre. It would be interesting to know what the other states are doing. Manufacturing?