The Federal Government has procured 500 rice harvesters and threshers to reduce post-harvest losses and achieve self-sufficiency in rice production by 2018.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Ogbeh said the government had only taken delivery of 80 of the harvesters, while the remaining 420 would be delivered before April.
He said the harvesters that would cost about N1.7 million each, would be manned by trained personnel in the states and the rice threshers which were produced locally would cost between N800,000 and N900,000 each.
The minister further revealed that while Kebbi has procured some of the machines, Ebonyi and Jigawa State has also indicated interest to acquire the machines.