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    The rice distributed to states fit for consumption, says FG

The rice distributed to states fit for consumption, says FG

The federal government says the rice distributed to south-west states, as part of palliative measures to cushion the effects of the lockdown, are fit for consumption. Sadiya Umar Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, stated this at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday. “This rice was handed over to us by the Nigerian [...]

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    ‘It’s good for consumption’ — Ondo reverses decision to reject FG’s rice

‘It’s good for consumption’ — Ondo reverses decision to reject FG’s rice

The Ondo state government says it will not reject the bags of rice donated by the federal government as palliatives. President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Nigeria Customs Service to distribute seized bags of rice across states to cushion the hardship during COVID-19 pandemic and Ondo got 1,800 bags. But at the weekend, Alex Kalejaiye, secretary of the state palliative committee, had reportedly [...]

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    Like Oyo, Ondo rejects ‘expired’ rice donated by FG

Like Oyo, Ondo rejects ‘expired’ rice donated by FG

The Ondo state government has rejected some "expired" bags of rice donated to the state by the federal government.  President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Nigeria Customs Service to distribute seized bags of rice across states to cushion the hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizens. Ondo got 1,800 bags. Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor, was said to have expressed displeasure over the [...]

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    Stallion Group offers free meals, staff buses to govt-run COVID-19 hospitals

Stallion Group offers free meals, staff buses to govt-run COVID-19 hospitals

Stallion Group has pledged to provide state government run hospitals that are designated for COVID- 19 treatment with fish and rice for three months. The Dubai-headquartered multi-industry firm also promise to provide staff buses to the five Lagos hospitals looking after COVID – 19 cases for three months. Stallion Empowerment Initiative, the philanthropic arm of the Stallion Group, disclosed the content of the [...]

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    Customs to seal off supermarkets selling foreign rice

Customs to seal off supermarkets selling foreign rice

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it will seal off shops and supermarkets selling foreign rice and other prohibited goods. The service issued the warning in a letter with reference number NCS/KAN/053/S.28 and dated February 17, 2020. Ahmed Nasir, customs area comptroller in charge of  Kano/Jigawa, in the statement, said the decision is aimed at putting a stop to smuggling of prohibited [...]

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    Ghana directs state agencies to start buying local rice

Ghana directs state agencies to start buying local rice

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has directed state institutions to purchase locally produced rice from January 2020. He gave the directive while addressing journalists at the Jubilee House, in Accra, on Friday. Akufo-Addo said the decision was made to support farmers and boost local production of rice. He said the locally produced rice is what is consumed in his home, adding that state [...]

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    Five Nigerian foods that can help your toddler gain weight

Five Nigerian foods that can help your toddler gain weight

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    INFOGRAPHICS: Thailand’s rice export to Nigeria’s neighbours drops

INFOGRAPHICS: Thailand’s rice export to Nigeria’s neighbours drops

Rice export from Thailand to countries that share borders with Nigeria has recorded a decline from 2018 levels. TheCable's analysis of the data provided on the Thai Rice Exporters Association website shows that Cameroon is the only exception. Closure of Nigeria's land borders might have contributed to this drop because of previous unbridled rice smuggling into the country. Nigeria's rice importation from the [...]

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    Rice will be cheaper before Christmas, says Kebbi governor

Rice will be cheaper before Christmas, says Kebbi governor

The National Food Security Council (NFSC), chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, says it will make rice available before Christmas. Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi and the deputy chairman of the council, told NAN in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, that the council is aware of the current high prices of rice. According to the governor, the government is also aware of the activities of [...]

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    Farmers: Borders should remain closed, we can produce enough rice to feed Nigerians

Farmers: Borders should remain closed, we can produce enough rice to feed Nigerians

Gombe state chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) says farmers in the country can produce enough rice to feed Nigerians and to export. Kalagar Lubo, state secretary of RIFAN, said the rain in October will increase the yield of rice farmers to meet local need. Speaking with the PUNCH on Tuesday, he said the border closure is a positive development [...]

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    Customs seizes 34 containers of expired rice at Tin Can port

Customs seizes 34 containers of expired rice at Tin Can port

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it intercepted 34 containers of expired rice smuggled through the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos. Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of customs, who announced the development on Tuesday, said some of the bags of rice are expired while some are close to the expiry date. The seizure was made four days after the service intercepted 25 containers of [...]

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    Emefiele: Borders to remain closed until neighbouring countries meet conditions

Emefiele: Borders to remain closed until neighbouring countries meet conditions

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says the nation's land borders will remain closed until neighbouring countries meet the requirements for it to be reopened.  Emefiele said this on Monday while speaking to journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. The federal government had closed the country's land borders to importing and exporting of all [...]

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    Nigerians shall not live on rice alone 

Nigerians shall not live on rice alone 

President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘’rice revolution’’ is laudable. Before the ‘’crop rebellion’’, Nigeria spent about $1.65 billion annually importing rice from Thailand and India. But the country is not yet home and dry in food production. In December 2018, Godwin Emefiele, governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said as of 2015, the country’s food import bill was $7.9 billion, but that [...]

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    Rice smuggling: Court orders interim freezing of 45 bank accounts linked to 3 companies

Rice smuggling: Court orders interim freezing of 45 bank accounts linked to 3 companies

A federal high court in Abuja, on Monday, ordered the temporary freezing of 45 bank accounts belonging to three companies allegedly involved in smuggling of rice into Nigeria. The companies, whose accounts were domiciled with 10 commercial banks, are Sun Sam A1 International Limited, Sun Sam International Limited and Sunchrist O. Trans Nigeria Limited. Ahmed Mohammed, the judge, directed the head offices [...]

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    Border closure: CBN asks farmers not to increase price of rice

Border closure: CBN asks farmers not to increase price of rice

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has asked rice farmers in the country not to increase the price of the product as a result of the border closure. In a statement in Abuja on Monday, Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, urged members of the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN) and other stakeholders in the value chain not to hoard rice. The [...]

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    Garlic, honey, rice… 11 Foods you don’t need to store in your fridge

Garlic, honey, rice… 11 Foods you don’t need to store in your fridge

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