Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has avowed that the partnership which led to the launch of the Lagos –Kebbi rice popularly known as Lake Rice was not only designed to ensure food security but to showcase the ability of the country to become a producing nation.
Ambode said the development was for both states and the country, as the rice would not be only sold at a highly subsidized price compared to what obtains in the market, but is also fresh and safe for consumption.
“We signed an MoU with an understanding that we want to come out with what is good and made in Nigeria. Lake Rice is of good quality. The major difference between Lake Rice and the ones imported is that the imported has a minimum of five to six years storage life span, but Lake Rice is fresh”
Giving a breakdown of the prices, Ambode said the 50kg will sell for N12,000, 25kg for N6,000 and 10kg for N2,500.
Corroborating his Lagos counterpart, Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu who expressed delight at the paassured Nigerians that the rice can stand the integrity test anywhere in the world.
“Our rice is of quality, I am proud of this joint venture. We can do more with other commodities like cocoa, soya beans and sorghurm” Governor Bagudu added.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Food Security, Ganiyu Sanni, said collection would be allowed after payment at designated banks or through PoS and that an individual would only be allowed to buy one bag at a time, to make the product reach as many people as possible.
However, Governor Ambode informed that the affordability of Lake rice would easier as two rice mills will be donated to Lagos State by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.