Published On: Fri, Dec 29th, 2017

Presidential Amnesty Agric Revolution Rice is our Best Initiative -Boroh.

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The production of the Presidential Amnesty Rice is perhaps the best initiative taken so far by the Presidential Amnesty Programme. This was the verdict of the Special Adviser to the President on the Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) when he received the first 500 bags of the Amnesty Rice in Abuja.

Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) Special Adviser to the President on the Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme,

He said the Presidential Amnesty Rice is coming handy this yuletide season and that the target is to commence full production in 2018 which would provide jobs for thousands of people, contribute to food self-sufficiency and security in the country, grow the economy as well as save some foreign exchange for the country. He recalled that before the Agriculture Revolution of the Buhari administration, the country from January 2012 –May 2015, expended $2.41 Billion on the importation of Rice alone.

The Special Adviser said the Presidential Amnesty Rice, cultivated in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State is the beginning of similar initiatives by the Amnesty Office to mass produce Rice in the Niger Delta adding that some Beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme are now cultivating Rice in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States.

General Boroh said the locally produced Rice is tastier and more nutritious than the imported rice which is over polished. He added that “The Amnesty Rice is also healthier for consumption as most of the imported Rice are stored in warehouses for long periods before being freighted for months across oceans to our country.”  He urged more

people to go into Rice cultivation and production adding that “With over 180 million mouths to feed and the growing preference for Rice, the country is a huge market and can accommodate many more producers. We can actually move from being a net importer of Rice to a net exporter of Rice. Weaning many Nigerians from their preference for imported Rice, and the sustained promotion and consumption of local rice is a winner any day.”

General Boroh commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative, and the Central Bank of Nigeria for its Anchor Borrowers Programme targeted at farmers and massive agriculture production in the country. He was also full of praise for State governments that have gone into massive Agriculture production, especially Rice production. He cited the seamless collaboration between the Kebbi and Lagos State Governments on the production and marketing of Lake Rice, as a model worthy of emulation. He specially commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the needed initiative, environment and leadership that has led to the Agriculture Revolution in the country.



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