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Dangote Group Company denies planning to import poisoned rice

The group also stated that it stopped importing rice since 2014 when they began cultivating it locally.

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(dailytrust)

The Dangote group has issued a statement to deny allegations that it is planning to import poisonous rice that is Genetically Modified.

The group also stated that it stopped importing rice since 2014 when they began cultivating it locally.

The organisation also debunked the reports that it wants to flood the market with rice that has Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), describing it as false and malicious.

An excerpt of the statement signed by the group’s Social Media Manager, Adedamola Adeniyi, and obtained from Daily Post, said the ”intent of this broadcasts is to bring into disrepute the hard earned reputation of Dangote and actualization of its vision of making Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production.

”Moreover, with the ever watchful eagle eyes of organizations such as NAFDAC, SON, CPC with mandate to ensure food safety, how can a big organisation like Dangote import and flood the market with poisonous rice?”

Adding that in ”2014: Dangote signed $1billion agreement with FG or integrated rice production in Kebbi, Niger, Jigawa and Kwara.

”2016, it Started a multi-billion naira Rice Outgrower Scheme over 8,000 hectares in Hadejia, Jigawa State

”2016 it created over 10,000 jobs (Direct and indirect) to farmers who are an integral part of the Rice Outgrower Scheme.

” FARO 44 rice seeds distributed to farmers during the Outgrower Scheme was sourced from Africa Rice and certified by the National Agricultural Seeds Council.”

In March 2016, the Managing Director of the Dangote Tomato Processing Factory (DTPF), Abdulkadir Kaita, confirmed that the firm started test production.

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