The Lagos State government is to host a three-day rice fair targeted at boosting Nigeria’s quest to attain self-sufficiency in rice production and processing.
Organized by Growth and Employment in States – Wholesale and Retail Sector (GEMS4), with funding from DFID/UKaid and the World Bank, the Lagos Rice Fair is coming after the successful Kano Rice Fair.
The Lagos fair is billed to take place between September 17 and 19, 2015 in Alausa, Lagos under the theme, “Growing Business Opportunities with Nigerian rice.”
It would provide a platform to the general public to experience first-hand the quality of Nigerian rice, and the business community on the huge opportunities in wholesale and retail distribution of the products.
The organizers said the stimulation of market system changes would encourage growth and access; promote the creation of 10,000 new jobs, and ensure increased incomes for over 500,000 people, especially the poor and women in the rice value chain.
The project would be implemented in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Cross River states, though interventions would be extended to other states where impact could be maximized.
The Lagos Fair, which would give further impetus to Nigeria’s on-going efforts to attain rice sufficiency through building local capacity in rice production, is expected to attract over 13 major Nigerian rice brands in attendance. “Stimulating effective demand and consumption for Nigerian rice brands is crucial for food security and self-sufficiency,’ said GEMS4 Senior Intervention Manager, Busuyi Okeowo.
Source: Premium times, Nigeria