The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade is reportedly exploring avenues to increase rice production in the state.
Owing to this, he has set up a food bank while commending the President, Muhammadu Buhari for seeking to diversify the nation’s economy by making agriculture its main stay.
Speaking during the flag-off of the Rice Borrowers Anchor Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he also lauded the efforts of the governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, in this regard.
Ayade said the introduction of the programme marks the beginning of the nation’s march to food sufficiency, stressing the roadmap, plan and vision for the initiative will definitely serve as the beginning of the emancipation of Nigerians from continuous dependence on imported rice.
He expressed belief that the rice value chain initiative will remain a special ceremony that will increase rice production in Africa especially because Nigeria according to him is the epicentre of Africa.”
Ayade declared that the State government’s plan to set up a proper professional food bank will be the very first of its kind in Nigeria.