Benin Republic has approached President Muhammadu Buhari to seek Nigeria’s help to produce rice in the country.
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Subsequently, Benin Republic sent in a delegation of officials who met with the chief of staff to the president, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the presidential villa, Abuja to tap from Nigeria’s experience in reviving rice production.
The Benenoise delegation, who was led by the country’s minister of agriculture, Gaston Cossi Dossouhoui, was led to the villa by Kebbi State governor Atiku Bagudu and the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.
Speaking to correspondents after the meeting, Bagudu explained that the delegation and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria met with the CoS to advance ongoing talks between the two countries on how to replicate Nigeria’s rice farming programme in Benin Republic.
He said the idea is that the move can lead to the discontinuation of rice import to West Africa.
On his part,the chairman of Rice Farmers Association, Aminu Goronyo, explained that the Benin government is desirous of learning from the Nigerian experience in rice production.
“They are here because they have seen the successes recorded in the area of rice production in Nigeria and their president was so happy, he was excited,” he said.