Nigeria approves bill to form the National Rice Development Council

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The Nigerian Senate passed a bill seeking to establish the National Rice Development Council. The council is expected to lead to the comprehensive development of the rice sector to enhance local production of rice in the country and redcue its dependency on rice importation.

The council will oversee the transformation of activities of rice farmers, rice processors, millers, researchers, marketers, and other stakeholders across the entire rice value chain, particularly smallholder rice farmers and small-scale millers.

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