Guinea seeks Nigeria’s support in rice production so as to enable them strive towards food sufficiency, food security and nutrition. -Nanono
From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The Federal Government has received request from the Government of Guinea-Bissau seeking assistance in rice production so as to enable them strive towards food sufficiency, food security and nutrition.
This was disclosed in Abuja as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono received the Guinean Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Henrique Adriano Da Silva along with the Country Representative of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), His Excellency Suffyan Koroma.
The request comes at the heels of the innovative successes recorded in the production of Nigerian rice by Nigerian farmers which can be tied to equipping farmers with improved rice seedlings, farm inputs and providing anchor borrowing facilities by the current administration.
Alhaji Nanono emphasised that in the meantime, the ministry would assist Guinea-Bissau in terms of personnel training/technical assistance in rice value chain, noting that establishing bilateral agreements between the two governments were absolutely necessary.
He also promised to meet with the Guinean Minister of Agriculture to commence this initiative.
Ambassador Da Silva had earlier stated that rice value chain was the core of Guinean agriculture which saw Guinea exporting rice to other countries like Angola, Mozambique and Portugal among others.
The Ambassador further remarked that as at today, 90 per cent of rice consumed in the country was imported which calls for the government to seek assistance from the Nigerian government.
On the other hand, the Country Representative of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Suffyan Koroma presented a document which chronicles activities of FAO in Nigeria from 2017 to present.