The Federal Government, through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has completed a rice mill in Elele-Alimini, Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers.

They are saying that the new rice mill is the final nail on the coffin of foreign rice.

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Heineken Lokpobiri, visited the new mill on made and commended NDDC for completing the project.

He expressed optimism that the mill would ensure food sufficiency in the country in addition to creating thousands of jobs for youths in the Niger Delta region.

According to him, the rice mill project is part of the Federal Government’s drive to ensure food security and end rice importation within the shortest possible time.

“Before the Buhari-led administration took office; the Federal Government spent five million dollars daily on rice importation to the country.

“NDDC has, over the years, started building a rice mill which has not been put to use,’’ he said.

He explained that the government embarked on the project because the region had potential to grow rice in commercial quantity even without fertiliser.

“The Federal Government believes that the time has come for the country to use the rice mill NDDC has built to create employment and guarantee food security for the masses.

“The Federal Government wants to make the nation to be self- sufficient in rice production at least by the year 2018,” he said.