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Economic diversification: Plateau to start rice export next year, Says Governor

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State

Governor Simon Lalong has said that Plateau State will start exporting rice from 2017.

The Governor disclosed this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Governor Lalong, Plateau State has already started diversifying from oil to agriculture and other sectors in order to confront headlong the current challenges of the nation’s economic downturn.

To this end, he said his administration had put in place a myriad of measures to turn around the state’s agricultural fortunes and potentials.

“We have put in place a lot of efforts into agriculture; so, I came to give him the president an update on what we are doing

The Governor said Plateau and Kebbi states are the two states in the country that are the highest producers of rice competing in rice production, stressing that “we will start exporting rice from 2017.”

“The President is always excited when you talk about agriculture, and the President developed a special interest in Plateau and other states that are already diversifying from oil to agriculture.”

The Governor added that he visited the president to also seek an intervention in the area of solid minerals which the state is hugely endowed with.

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