Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu on Wednesday 21, 2016 launched the Lagos-Kebbi Rice called LAKE RICE.
Governor Ambode, speaking at the launch held in Ikeja, Lagos said the development was not only designed to ensure food security but showcase the ability of Nigeria to become a producing nation.
Governor Ambode assured that the rice would be sold at highly reduced price, and is also very good and safe for consumption.
The Governor said “LAKE RICE is of good quality. The major difference between LAKE RICE and the ones imported is that the imported has a minimum storage of five to six years storage life span, but LAKE RICE is fresh”.
Giving a breakdown of the prices, Ambode said that while the 50kg will sell for N12, 000, 10kg would go for N2, 500 and 25kg for N6, 000, adding that for now, an individual would only be allowed to purchase a bag to enable it go round.
Furthermore, he said the partnership would in the nearest future lead to an expansion of production of the rice, saying that Lagos has the largest consumption market.
Governor Ambode also commended President Buhari for supporting the collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi, just as he disclosed that the Federal Government has donated two rice mills to the State Government to increase production of rice next year.
Meanwhile, Kebbi Governor, Bagudu, who also spoke at the launch, said while Kebbi State has comparative advantage in area of rice production, Lagos boasts of the largest consumption market, saying that the LAKE RICE can stand any integrity test in Nigeria.
“Our rice is of quality. I am proud of this joint venture. We can do more with other commodities like Cocoa, Soya beans and Sorghum and I am very glad that we are launching the LAKE RICE today,” Bagudu said.
The Special Adviser to Ambode on Food Security, Ganiyu Okanlawon Sanni, disclosed the process of purchasing the rice.