The Federal Government has given its support to the prohibition placed on the sale of foreign rice in Ebonyi State.
The State Governor David Umahi had earlier banned the sale of imported rice in the state, adding that the measure was to encourage local production of the commodity.
At the weekend, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, gave the nod when he visited Ettem Amagu Rice Farm in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state, as part of his assessment of agricultural potential of the state.
Ogbeh, who was in company of the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Rice production and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu and Central Bank of Nigeria Governor. Godwin Emefiele, commended the state for its agricultural policy, particularly in ensuring massive rice production in the state.
He said: “Governor, I hear you banned the sale of foreign rice in your state; God bless you for it
“I also hear you invited young men to come back from Lagos and work here. God bless you also for it. They will be happier here in this state than living under the bridge or substandard accommodations in Lagos and Abuja.”