Following reports of hoarding of the much celebrated Lake Rice, Lagos State Government has declared intent to arrest anyone caught hoarding or selling the rice beyond the official N12,000 and N6,000 approved rates.
It was learnt that the bags of rice are being bought in large quantities by some people who now resell a bag for N16, 000 while the potentials buyers were made to produce the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) cards and the All Progressive Congress (APC) membership cards, before they could buy such at designated centers.
Reacting to the allegation during the annual ministerial briefing of the Ministry, commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, debunked the report saying the bag of rice was to be sold to residents at N12, 000 unconditionally.
He added that government would commence investigation into the allegation with a view of arresting those involved.
Meanwhile, Suarau revealed that as part of efforts aimed at boosting the production of rice in state, plans were underway to expand the rice mills at Imota from 2.5 metric tonnes per hour to 16 metric tonnes while at the same time encouraging private sector operators to invest in rice processing.
He also said the government through the Ministry of Agriculture was strongly implementing the state’s strategic food security plan with programmes and projects that will have remarkable impact on food security in the state.