Since the closure of the land borders in August, attention has shifted to the consumption of locally produced rice, to fill the huge gap created by the absence of foreign brands.
The development presents opportunities for local farmers, who have reportedly increased production capacity and are smiling to the banks.
Currently, a 50kg of parboiled foreign rice, which sold between N12, 000 and N12, 500 has risen to between N24, 000 and N27, 500, while locally produced rice, hitherto poorly patronised now sells between N21, 000 and N24, 000. This depends on the market.
Reports from states that have potential to increase rice production appear hopeful.
This Christmas promises to be good in Ebonyi State, as many families, especially rice farmers and rice merchants, are posting appreciable figures.