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Local rice: AFAN Chairman assures consumers of availability in commercial quantities .

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Lagos Chapter, has promised that local rice in 50 kg, 25kg, and 10 kg measures would soon be available to consumers in commercial quantities all year round. That was according to Mr. Femi Oke, AFAN Lagos chapter Chairman.

He urged consumers of local rice to be patient with the local farmers and millers for local rice not having saturated the market to displace imported rice.

The chairman said that rice farmers will soon have breakthrough in providing rice paddy to millers in the country, adding that rice millers are ready to produce polish rice but are facing some challenges.

He added that with the expected World Bank financial support for rice farmers at five per cent interest rate, the farmers hoped to increase their planting and harvesting of paddy plants.

He added that planting and harvesting of paddy plants would also increase, if the kind of support the farmers were getting from the government was sustained.

Source: Voice of Nigeria.

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