By Ajogwu Jerry

The Federal Government on Sunday announced that Thailand had commenced moves to establish rice mills in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, during a tour of some rice farms in Kebbi State.

He said the Federation Government had won its fight against rice importation, particularly from Thailand, as Nigeria had reduced its importation of rice by over 90 per cent.

In his words:

“As we speak today, Thailand rice growers are making passionate appeal to the Federal Government. What they are doing now is that they want to set up rice mills in Nigeria, which means we have won,” Mohammed stated.

Lai revealed stated that Nigeria was able to cut down on the importation of rice from Thailand from 644,000 metric tonnes two years ago to a little over 20,000MT currently.