Kebbi flood: Major setback to boost rice production, says Buhari

By Oluwaseun Sonde

President Muhammad Buhari has saddened by the Kebbi flooding disaster, led to the loss of lives and destruction of thousands of hectares of farmland, adding that it’s a major setback to his administration efforts to boost local rice production as part of measures to end importation.

He disclosed this on his official social platform on Sunday, while sympathized with the bereaved families and the farmers affected, as he promised that his administration will work closely with the Kebbi State Government to bring relief to all victims.

He said Kebbi State is the focal point of government policy to produce rice locally and as part of the administration’s commitment to agricultural revival. “This bad news couldn’t have come at a worse time for our farmers and other Nigerians who looked forward to a bumper harvest this year in order to reduce the current astronomical rise in the costs of food items in the markets.

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