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Buhari seeks end to importation of staple



March 29, 2016

Ayodele Filani

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria must achieve rice sufficiency in the
shortest time possible and stop importation of staple foods.
He is hopeful that reliance on farm produce from Nigeria would save the country
billions of Naira spent annually on importation and achieve food sufficiency.
The President made the statement at the Bola Tinubu Colloquium held on Tuesday
after projections by the Governor of Kebbi State, Mr Abubakar Bagudu, that Nigeria
could achieve rice sufficiency in one year.

If sufficient funding would be provided to rice farmers in the 33 producing States and
supported fully by state governments, rice sufficiency could be achieved, he stated.
President Buhari said Nigeria must become the bread basket of West Africa but would
first tackle the injustice of hunger faced by millions of Nigerians especially in the rural