The Lagos State Government says its indigenous rice called “Lake Rice” would be available in markets before the year ends at the rate of N12,000 per bag.
Mr Okanlawon Sanni, the Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwumi Ambode on Food Security, made the assertion while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos State.
Sanni told NAN that though the commodity was not available in the markets now, efforts were being made to ensure its availability to buyers during the Yuletide.
“The Lake Rice is not in the market for now but any moment from now, it will arrive from Kebbi and Lagosians will have enough of it during the festive period for N12, 000.
“The rice will be available at all local government areas across Lagos and in designated centres, retail markets and super stores,” he said.
“The state government had taken stocks of the equipment for the up calling of the Imota rice mill and that the installation will commence soon.
“One of the areas we are looking at to ensure all year round availability of the commodity is to build our mill.
“The equipment have arrived and installation will commence in earnest because that is the only way we can address the hiccups experienced in the supply chain of the commodity,” Sanni said.