Uncle Ben's rice rebrands as Ben's Original following racial stereotyping backlash
Uncle Ben's rice has rebranded as Ben's Original. The brand announced the name and logo change in an effort to eliminate racist imagery. Following the Black Lives Matter movement, other brands have made similar changes. Meanwhile in France, new restrictive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 have been met with a backlash. Demonstrations will be held in Marseille on Friday as protesters say "no to a reconfinement of the economy".
Covid-19: FG palliatives rotting under rain, sun in Kano
On May 17, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, delivered 110 truckloads of food items to the Kano State government to be distributed to the vulnerable and less privileged whose means of survival were affected by the lockdown directive. Two weeks later, the food items have not been distributed and have been left to rot in the open.
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Christmas amid border closure: how affordable is rice?
As Nigeria continues to partially close its land borders with Benin and Niger, shoppers in Nigeria continue to lament the high price of rice and other commodities as they celebrate Christmas.
Impacts of border closure:Level of rice production in Borno state
The closure of borders by President Muhammadu Buhari has encouraged and stimulated the production of local rice production in Borno state.
Customs seizes 33 containers of expired rice at Tincan Port
The Tincan Island Customs Command has uncovered thirty-three containers of expired smuggled foreign parboiled rice in Lagos. Another twenty-one containers were also found to contain hundreds of cartons of tramadol, performance enhancement drugs and other unwholesome products.
W.African farm 'bootcamp' gets green entrepreneurs into shape
Machetes in hand and wearing a straw hat against the sun, the participants of an "agro-bootcamp" in the farmlands of the West African nation of Benin harvest maize, cowpeas and rice.
Rice production in Nigeris
Nigeria has overtaken Egypt as the largest producer of rice in Africa. Egypt was producing 4.3 tonnes annually but its production reduced by 40 percent this year as government limited cultivation to preserve water resources. Africa produces an average of 14.6 million tonnes of rough rice annually.