FG expresses worry over impending rice shortage due to flood menace

Federal Government has warned that the heavy flood in about 14 states in the country may lead to shortage of rice across the country next year.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, stated these at the inauguration of the National Agricultural Seed Council Molecular Facility and the 2018 Seed Fair and Farmers’ Field Day in Abuja.

According to him, the flood affected some major rice-producing states, adding that if adequate measures were not taken to replant the rice affected by severe flood in some states, Nigeria might experience shortage of the staple by 2019.

Ogbeh outlined some of the affected states to include Kebbi, Jigawa, Anambra and Kogi.

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