The Daura man whose government may not be totally popular as a result of the economic recession in the country, has repeatedly told Nigerians that the situation will not last for too long. And there have been different ideologies the presidency has been trying to implement; one of them is for Nigerians to produce what they eat.
To this end, President Buhari on November 16, 2015 flagged-off rice farming in Kebbi and just a few days ago, the result of the flag-off is what is now to be known as Lake Rice.
Lake Rice is a joint effort of the Lagos and Kebbi state governments. The Lagos state partnered with her Kebbi state counterpart to bring smiles to people’s faces as a bag of the staple food is sold for N12,000/50kg, about N7,000-N8,000 lesser than the amount it is selling in the market.
Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Atiku Bagudu signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2016 to produce rice for the large Lagos consumption market.
The president has urged other state governments to replicate the laudable example of Lake Rice, not only in rice but also in other staple crops, and dairy products.
He added that he remains optimistic that we will meet our target of self-sufficiency in rice by 2019. We will continue to make steady progress towards it.