The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) says its agriculture revolution initiative has so far produced 500 bags of rice. PAP’s Coordinator, retired Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh said this in a statement signed by PAP’s Head of Media, Mr Owei Lakemfa, on Thursday in Abuja. Boroh, who is also Special Adviser to the President on the Niger Delta, described the initiative as one of the best programmes of the Buhari-led administration, saying the ex-agitators produced the rice.
The presidential aide noted that the Presidential Amnesty Rice was handy during the yuletide season, assuring that full scale production of the crop would begin in 2018.
According to him, the initiative will provide jobs for thousands of people and contribute toward nation’s food self-sufficiency and security to grow the economy as well as save some foreign exchange to be used for importation.
The Special Adviser recalled that before the agriculture revolution of the Buhari administration, the country from January, 2012 to May, 2015 expended 2.41 billion dollars on the importation of rice alone.