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Lagos State Government To Established Biggest Rice Mill In Nigeria

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had started constructing Nigeria’s biggest rice mill, which it said, has the capacity to produce at least 16 metric tonnes per hour and 10,000 metric tonnes per annum.
When completed by December 2017, the state government said the rice mill would significantly help the state to actualise its strategic food security plan and was designed to end hunger.

The Special Adviser on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni-Okanlawon said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had awarded the contract for the construction of the rice mill with the capacity to  produce 16 metric tonnes per hour, though acknowledged that the state currently has the capacity to produce 2.5 metric tonnes.
He explained that the new rice mill was part of the government’s plan to increase food supply, end the vicious trend of food shortage and equally ensure food security across the state.

Event: 2017 Lagos International Food And Drink Festival

The 2nd edition of Nigeria’s biggest food and drinks-themed event- the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival will hold April 22-23, 2017 at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos. Billed to attract thousands of visitors and media frenzy, the festival will feature a wide array of exciting activities and promises to be a lifetime experience for everyone.

Announcing the hosting of this year’s festival at the weekend, Mr. Ike Steve, the Festival Director described the festival as 2 days of diverse, all-inclusive gastronomic exploits, plus a weekend to indulge in a lifestyle where your biggest decision will be – how do I pick which activity to attend?

A sample lineup of some fun activities to expect at the festival include-
The Food Fest
Savour the taste of mouth-watering, finger-licking delicacies from the best restaurants and food vendors in Nigeria.
The Lagos Beer Festival
Get a taste of the best of Nigeria’s contemporary brews and join us in crowning the “king of Nigerian beers” (18+)
Wine tasting
Can you taste and tell? Then come and sample a collection of the finest wines available in Nigeria.

Date: 22-23 April, 2017
Venue: National Stadium, Surulere-Lagos
Time: 9am – 10pm daily

Cocacola Sued For Misleading Consumers

Coca-Cola Co and the American Beverage Association trade group were sued on Wednesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the health risk of consuming sugary beverages.

The case was filed in a federal court in Oakland, California, U.S.

The non-profit Praxis Project accused the defendants of downplaying the risks to boost sales, despite scientific evidence linking sugary beverages to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Praxis accused both defendants of using euphemisms such as “balance” and “calories in, calories out” to mislead consumers. It also accused Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage company, of trying to mislead the public into thinking the lack of exercise was the real cause of obesity.

“The notion that Coke’s products can be part of a healthy-diet is imprinted in the minds of millions of people and requires corrective-action,” Maia Kats, the Litigation Director Of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) which helped file the lawsuit, said.

However, Coca-Cola Spokesman, Kent Landers, described the lawsuit as “legally and factually meritless.

“We take our consumers and their health very seriously and have been on a journey to become a more credible and helpful partner in helping consumers to manage their sugar consumption.”

The American Beverage Association also described the accusations as “baseless”, noting that “together with members, we are working with health groups to reduce consumers’ caloric and sugar intake from beverages.”

Wednesday’s lawsuit seeks to stop misleading marketing and requires more consumer warnings, among other remedies.

Filed in the federal court in Oakland, California. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Inc pledged to bolster efforts to reduce added sugar in beverages.

Beware of Contaminated Bags Of Rice In The Market – Nafdac Warms

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday said laboratory result of the suspected fake rice showed that the product was not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms.
The Acting Director General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said this at a news conference in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja.

Oni said the seized rice was unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption, stressing that the consignment would be destroyed upon handover by the NCS.

She explained that the product branded ”Best Tomato”, was in 25kg bag, without NAFDAC number, batch number, date markings and details of the manufacturer.

She said that `floating’ was negative, sedimentation was positive, cooking was normal, odour was normal, colour was off-white and E-coli was within specification.

Oni called on the public to report suspicious cases about all NAFDAC regulated products to any of the offices across the nation for prompt regulatory action.
She also said that the following numbers could be contacted for enquiries: 08013630600, 09094262773 and 08033112282.

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Nigeria Launches Its Own Rice ” Lake Rice” At Lowest Prices

After months of farming and harvesting, finally Nigeria can now boost of becoming a rice producing nation.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, on Wednesday unveiled the much anticipated Lagos-Kebbi Rice christened ‘LAKE RICE’.

The name Lake Rice is borne out of the acronyms of the state with LA standing for Lagos and KE for Kebbi.

The Special Adviser on Food Security to Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Mr. Sanni Okanlawan, said that the government was fulfilling its promise of giving residents a blissful Yuletide.

A 50kg bag is currently selling at N12,000 that is a huge discount considering the price of rice at retail markets.
Okanlawan said that  ” the price of the rice was reduced N12,000 from N13,000 to ensure that Lagosians had access to it for an enjoyable Christmas celebration”.

Warming! Plastic Rice In Nigerian Market And How To Different It

Its a seasonal period where due to the upcoming festive season, prices of food commodities would continue to be on the rise. Especially the most widely consumed staple food ”Rice”
As I was on Facebook, I noticed a video with the tag plastic rice.
Reports indicate that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria.

Plastic rice has been described as rice made from plastic. It has sometimes been reported in the media to be manufactured in China and sold into different countries in Africa

I was so interested in this story because not so long, I planned on buying a bag of rice for the house, so watching the video got me curios and scared to the point that I had to do further research on how to differentiate this.

I have not seen the plastic rice myself, I have only seen reports of it and many of them. But I only noticed that the rice is whitish, brighter in color than the natural grain rice. It  also takes a long time to cook than usual. It gets hard again after you allow it to cool off before serving.

What Are Authorities Doing About It?
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have launched a search for alleged fake/plastic rice from China which is said to have found its way into some African countries, including Nigeria.
Well, I so hope they don’t tire out in their search.

Buyers Beware! Fake Alcoholic Drinks In The Market

The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry in the nation’s markets.

Dr Abubakar Jimoh, its Director, Special Duties, disclosed that the agency had continued to advise consumers of alcoholic beverages to be alert and be very wary of fake and unregistered drinks.
“Drinking alcohol is bad enough and people are always advised to take it in moderation; so, the danger associated with taking a fake drink can only be imagined,” he said.

Jimoh said that the agency had taken its campaign against fake drinks into many other states in north.

He also added that Nafdac has continued to intensify the campaigns and that has resulted into some states coming up with bylaws that banned some alcoholic beverages.
“We have also raided production and drinking points of some of these dangerous drinks, especially in Edo and Delta States, because the drinks have damaged many livers, kidneys and other vital organs of the body.
“They have also led to the gradual decline in the health status of many youths and totally destroyed their capacity to contribute to societal development,” he said.

Event: The 3 Days Lagos International Food And Drink Festival To hold On October, 2016

Are you looking for an exciting event to attend? The biggest celebration of food, drinks, music and culture in Nigeria is here again! The Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival will hold from October 14-16, 2016 at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island – Lagos.

The Festival will feature a wide array of exciting activities including:
1. Indigenous cuisine and drinks sampling from over 60 Nigerian ethnic groups
2. Competitions – Cooking, Music, Dance, Eating, Drinking
3. Live musical performances renowned Nigerian artists
4. Live Comedy Shows
5. Food Art Exhibition
6. Dance performances by cultural troupes
7. Chef masterclasses
8. Children’s fun activities
9. Wine tasting
10. Seminar on Food and Nutrition
11. SMSE match-making breakout sessions
12. Exhibition and sales bazaar
13. The FoodFest & DrinkFest
14. Co-celebration of the World Food Day
15. Nigeria Food and Drink Industry Award Dinner
Gate: Free

Find out more on www.lagosfoodanddrinksfest.com

Cost: Free – Gate is Free!

Categories:  Singles &Festivals | Nightlife

Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.

Photos Of Food Wastage In Delta State Due To Bad Roads

Despite the hard economy in the country it’s sad to see food being wasted due to heavy rains and bad road.

A lady named Adaeze Ogbuenyi is requesting for the government’s immediate intervention in Aballa Uno, Ndokwa East LGA of Delta state, to prevent further food wastage in this difficult economic period. According to her:

“These are farm produce (pictured) wasting in my home town, Aballa Uno in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta state. Thousands of people are going hungry in Nigeria but these produce can’t get to them due to bad road. This town is a major producer of cassava, yams and plantain. Fish etc..
I want to use this medium to appeal to the NDDC, Delta state government and the Federal government to come to the rescue. The contract for this road has been awarded to Interbau company years back but nothing has been done.”

Photo below…

Food waste

 

Junior Agricultural Minister Tells Reasons Why Price Of Rice May Rise To N40,000 Per Bag

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has indicated that without a commensurable production capacity, the price of rice may rise to N40,000 per bag by December if Nigerians fail to engage in rice farming.cuisinecuisine cuisine

Mr. Lokpobiri said that Nigeria spends about $22 billion a year on importing food, and this number could swell if the price of rice increases. In order to reverse this trend, Nigeria needs to produce goods domestically rather than relying on imports, the senator emphasized.

‎The junior minister, who made this known on Saturday at a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Bayelsa State in Yenagoa, said there was a projection that by 2050, Nigeria’s population would be 450 million. Such rapid population growth would exacerbate food insecurity, he said.

“The price of rice was N12,000 some months ago, but it is now about N26,000 and if we don’t start producing by December, it could be N40,000,” Mr. Lokpobiri explained.

“Rice matures in three months. So this is a wake up call for Bayelsa people to take the four farms we have seriously. The average land you see in Bayelsa can grow rice, so the colonial masters were not wrong in their assessment when they said the Niger Delta could feed not only Nigeria but also the entire West Africa sub-region.

“Unfortunately, agriculture today is not a priority of the Niger Delta as far as the State governments are concerned because of oil,” he said.

Source: saharareporters