Local rice farmers under the auspices of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) have taken campaign to encourage consumption of locally milled rice to secondary schools.
At the maiden collaboration of the new policy at the Community Secondary School Asokoro (CSSA) Abuja, the Policy Adviser of CARI and the John A. Kufuor Foundation (JAF), Mr Kojo Sagoe, said the new advocacy activity termed “Celebrating Nigeria Rice” was aimed at sensitizing Nigerians on the quality and availability of Nigerian rice, through children who will carry the news and their experiences to their parents.
The initiative witnessed donation of bags of local rice for eating at the annual cultural day and end of the year activity of the school.
“The programme entails identifying one or two schools that organised end of the year students’ or pupils’ party, find out the number of bags of rice needed to feed the students during the party and supply such free of charge.
“The CARI aims to significantly improve the livelihood of rice farmers in selected African countries, increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice supply to meet increasing regional demand,” Sagoe said.
The Principal of the school, Mallam Saidu Ahmed commended rice farmers and the organisation for choosing the school to pioneer the initiative saying the bags of rice were cooked in selected local delicacies across the six geo-political zones of the country.