PHOTO NEWS: Buhari inaugurates rice seedling factory in Calabar

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, in Calabar, Cross River State, inaugurated rice seeds and seedling factory built by the Cross River State government.

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Mr Buhari described the factory as a reference point in Nigeria’s effort to kick-start a revolution in agriculture.

“When we got into power, this administration launched a zero-oil economic roadmap as a way of making our country less dependent on oil, while encouraging investments in other sectors of the economy, particularly agriculture.

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“Indeed, this factory speaks loudly about the giant strides we are making in agriculture as a country,” said an obviously elated Mr Buhari.

The president said he hoped that the factory would help improve rice production in Nigeria from three to four tones per hectre to about nine tones per hectre, and thereby help the country to achieve rice sufficiency.

He commended the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, for establishing the factory.

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