Business Plateau to Begin Exportation of Rice Next Year- Agric Commissioner



The Plateau Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Steve Bako said on Thursday that the state was set to export rice by 2015.

Bako told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the state had put necessary machinery to achieve the target.

He said that Plateau had enough wetland for rice production, spread across its three senatorial zones.

The commissioner cited Kanam, Mikang, Langtang North and Langtang South, Shendam and Quan Pan as some of the lowland areas.

He said that Nigeria had no business importing rice to feed its people owing to the vast potentials it had in rice production.

The commissioner said the country must put up the right structure to not only produce rice for domestic consumption but also for export.

He said that the state government would use its Agricultural Services Training Centres (ASTC) to drive the rice value chain.

Bako also said the government would provide the infrastructure and the right atmosphere to drive the sector, which is 90 per cent private sector-driven.

The commissioner said that the government had provided needed mechanised components to assist farmers meet the demands of mechanised agriculture for export.