If you have been eating imported rice, you are probably endangering your heath.

The federal government has said any imported rice is not fit for human consumption.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during a media briefing in Oro, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State on Tuesday, also said the imported rice was meant to feed cattle in their countries of origin.

According to him, imported rice is cheaper than locally produced ones, because it is being dumped in Nigeria.

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He advised Nigerians to consume locally produced rice, which he noted was healthy and fresh.

Mohammed stated that the Federal Government was making concerted efforts to continue to support rice farmers in the country to boost their production.

He said: “People may say that imported rice is still cheaper. Oh yes, for three reasons: One, the ones being imported is rice that is no longer fit for human consumption. They are dumping it here.

“The rice is sub-standard. They even give the rice on credit for people to buy, because they know that the rice they are exporting should be given to cattle. That is why we have embarked on the campaign in the mass media that Nigerians should buy made in Nigeria rice.”

He added: “The government is making efforts to ensure that we subsidise our rice so that it will become cheaper. We are very confident that in the next couple of years, we would have achieved self-sufficiency in rice as in other products.

“It will take about the next one and half years for Nigeria to be self-sufficient in rice. What we have today is a far cry from what we had before. In 2015, we were doing about three million metric tonnes of rice; but today, we are doing about five million metric tonnes of rice.”

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