Lagos commences sales of local rice

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State government has flagged off the sale of it’s local rice, also known as LAKE RICE ahead of the Yuletide season.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal at a press conference explained that the State government remained committed to boosting food security and enhance it’s sufficiency for the betterment of the people.

Lawal who attributed delay in the marketing of the product to the recent economic challenges across the country, said that government would continue to be consistent in it’s production and fair distribution across the State.

He explained that the Lake rice is an intervention program produced in collaboration with Kebbi state, stressing that the State would soon commence its own home grown rice.

The Commissioner said “for Lagos, we don’t package rice, our lake rice is coming from Kebbi State. This is just an intervention program. By the time we have our own rice, we will be able to determine how much we will sell which of course will be more affordable to the common man”.

He stated that a 50kg bag of the product costs N17,000, while the 25kg bag will be sold for N8,500, warning that the commodity should not be sold above the approved prices.

Prince Lawal assured that the State Government would continue to embark on agricultural policies and developmental programmes which is tandem with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration.

The LAKE RICE according to the Commissioner is available for sale in centres across the State including the Agricultural Development Authority Complex and others.