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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.

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.

Culled from punchng

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.

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

World Jollof Rice Day And Ten Things You Should Know About Jollof Rice

World Jollof rice day is the day set aside to celebrate this wonderful cuisine.  I remember while growing up, I usually wondered why the name ”Jollof’’ and where did it originate from?  I never thought most countries in different part of the world also enjoy making Jollof rice .

As I grew older, I realised  that people across the world adore this sumptuous meal. So if you’re a Nigerian, here are ten things you should know about Jollof rice.

Here are ten (10) things, we didn’t know about Jollof Rice;

  • The rice cuisine that is now called jollof rice is originally from the Wolof tribe that’s cuts across the Gambia and Senegal.
  • The rice cuisine is originally a fish-based recipe. But now, its normal to find jollof rice as chicken garnished.
  • The Wolof rice which is now called jollof rice is not a morning meal. It’s an evening meal.
  • The major ingredients for the meal are the tomato sauce. It gives rice to its redness.
  • Many of us don’t know that palm oil and tea-bush leaves are also part of the ingredients used for the preparation of jollof rice.
  • There is a dance that is done in honour of the cuisine.
  • The bottom of the jollof rice pot is more delicious compared to the top.
  • Homemade jollof is not as delicious as the party made jollof rice because it is over spiced with lots of condiments.
  • Jollof rice is better eaten when hot, I mean steaming hot.
  • Take note, Nothing can rival Jollof rice not even EBA (some people’s favourite).

Coconut Rice Delicacy (Recipe)

So this past Sunday after a very long time, I prepared Coconut Rice. Not like its  an unusual meal you get to eat once in a while no…, but when you get to prepare and eat it, you feel this goodness within you. This unique delicacy is not eaten every day in Nigeria but at least once or twice a month depending on the family’s healthy eating habits. It is a Sunday lunch or dinner meal for both family members and their respected guests. Yes, it is an ideal once a month lunch, dinner meal or cuisine loved and enjoyed by all Nigerians. Also, I see Coconut rice as a good alternative to Jollof rice. The only difference is that it is made with a combination of milk extract.

This is just how I feel when eating coconut rice how about you?

Ingredients

1 fresh coconut fruits( to be cracked and seeds grated to extract the milk  or juice.

2 kg of chicken cut into pieces and boiled to be added into the cooking pot for the jollof coconut rice.

2 large onions

10 pieces of fresh chilli pepper

4 spoonful of vegetable oil

4 large fresh tomatoes and chilli peppers (chopped)

4 cups of  white grain rice.

Seasoning cubes to taste

Once all these ingredients are assembled, the cooking is fairly very easy.

Step 1: Break the Coconut fruit away from the shell and use a knife to break the nuts into bits

Step 2: Rinse the Nuts in a clean water and use a grater to grate the Coconut shaft.

Step 3: Boil 3 full cups of water and turn the boiled water into the coconut grated shaft (The hot water help to extract the milk from the Coconut)

Step 4: Use  a sifter to extract the milk then set aside in a clean bowl. Also blend the fresh tomatoes, pepper  and set aside.

Cooking Preparation

Step 5: Wash the chicken thoroughly and bring to boil. Add seasoning like Curry and Thyme, Salt and maggi. When properly cooked, sifter the chicken stock and set aside.(To be used in the rice cooking)  .Also fry the chicken and set aside

Step 6: Wash the rice with clean water twice before parboiling for 15 minutes. Then rinse again and set aside.

Step 7: Take a clean pot and set  on the fire.  Heat up  4 spoonful of  vegetable Oil and turn in the diced onion to fry. Then turn the blended tomatoes puree into the  heat and fry. Add seasoning as desired, then turn in the chicken stock and coconut juice and allow to boil for 5 minutes before adding the parboil rice.

Note: Let water level be equal with rice level so the rice doesn’t overly get soft. Let the coconut milk serve as water if you need to add more to soften the rice.

Step 8: Leave the rice to cook and and serve with fried plantain and Chicken.

Enjoy!

Benefits Of Nigeria And Brazil’s Food Production And Houses For All Partnership Scheme

The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an agreement to provide a good life for the Nigerian Citizens. The Brazilian government have agreed to help Nigeria accomplish several projects like; To boost food production- by producing rice in other to meet up with the extra demand by the  Nigerian people.

According to the Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in south America.  He continues ” We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria

Also included in the agreement is the provision of Brazil’s construction technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as “My Life, My Health”, he said.

Nigeria sewage system too is also included in this agreement. He said, “Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process,”.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo has urged Nigerians to hold their selves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

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The Secret To Reducing High Starch And Calories When Cooking Rice

For thousands of years, Rice has been a staple meal in every country and in every home. People are eating larger and larger portions of rice, which isn’t good because of the amount of calories it contains.

Since rice is a staple, researchers says it can cut the amount of calories contain in rice. That way, you reduce the amount of starch and calories you consume by 50%.

You see, rice contains two types of starch: digestible and indigestible. The small intestine can’t break down the latter, which means the body can’t absorb the carbohydrates and sugars that come from it.

So researchers found the method, which converts starch into a form the body can’t easily turn to glucose, cut calories more than 10% in the most fattening kind of the 38 varieties of rice they looked at, and they believe it could reduce starch by up to 60% in other kinds of white rice.

HOW TO REDUCE THE CALORIES

The researchers say cooking rice with a small amount of coconut oil—they used a teaspoon for every half-cup of rice—and then putting it in the refrigerator can reduce digestible starch, and calories, by more than 50%, reports Popular Science.

But much more research remains to be done: The scientists plan to look at other varieties of rice, as well as other kinds of oil, and Popular Science notes that it’s not clear whether the cooking method affects nutrients like potassium that are found in rice—or, for that matter, taste.

Fried Rice (Recipe)

Most people like fried rice because its a very tasty meal you would always want to have any time of the day.

Although rice has no nutrient beside carbohydrate, but the ingredients added to it like fried rice for example, gives the meal the necessary vitamins the body deserves.

I often wonder, why is rice always served at occasions? Then I concluded maybe it’s just easy to make. But then  if you  eaten different recipes of rice, you would know the reason why.

Here’s a simple yet delicious way of making fried rice.

INGREDIENTS
1kg Chicken seasoned, cooked and fried.
3 cups rice or desired amount
1 bulb, onions
1tbsp thyme
2tbsp curry
Green pepper
Salt to taste
1 chicken seasoning cubes
6 cups of vegetables,finely chopped or dice (green peas,green pepper, carrot, runner beans,spring onions onions sweet corn)
300g  kidney, cooked and diced (optional)
3tbsp Vegetable Oil or Margarine

Diced carrot & Peas

DIRECTIONS

  • Season the chicken properly and cook till the chicken is almost soft
  • Drain out the broth set aside. Fry or grill the chicken
  • Wash and parboil the rice with water for 20 mins. Drain the rice in a strainer and set aside.
  • While waiting for the rice, wash the green pepper, remove it seeds and blend into puree in a blender.
  • In a clean pot, heat the Magarine or vegetable oil and fry the finely chopped vegetables with the cooked liver.

Fried Veggies

  • Spice with maggi, thyme and curry then add the blended green pepper.
  • Allow to fry then add the chicken broth.
  • Allow to boil then add the parboiled rice.

Please note:

  • Do not add excess water so the rice doesn’t get overly cooked.
  • Check rice if it is getting soft as the water dries up. If not, add little water to equal the size of the rice.
  • Once rice is okay, use a wooden stick to mix rice properly so the chopped veggies can go round.

Serve with chicken, plantain or salad.