The Ogun government says  arrangements are on  to introduce its branded rice into the market before  December.

Mr Tosin Ademuyiwa, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, disclosed this to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday.

Ademuyiwa said that  rice would be available following massive planting of the commodity during the  rainy season.

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He said  that the commodity branded,   ‘MITROS rice, ’ would be produced and packaged in the state.

Ademuyiwa explained that harvesting of 1,500 metric tonnes of rice  had began in various rice farms at  Eggua in Yewa axis and Onigbedu in Ogun Central

“At Eggua rice farm,  rice will be harvested from 262 hectares of farmland while  110 hectares are at Onigbedu rice farm.

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“ Another 100 hectares of rice farm will be harvested at Iloti Ijebu  within the next one month.

“The harvesting of rice will reduce the dependence of the state on imported rice  and reduce its price in various markets, ” he said.

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Ademuyiwa  also said  the state government was working hard to solve the problems associated with clearing of farmland  by making land available for agricultural purpose.

Government, he added, also  promised to provide inputs and processing facilities for farmers to ease the challenges facing the sector. (NAN)