Nigeria aims for rice self-sufficiency by 2018
10 May 2017 | 4:50 am
Nigeria's vice-president Yemi Osinbajo says the country targets self-sufficiency in rice production by the end of 2018, saving scarce foreign exchange spent on importing the staple food.
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