The partnership was born out of the Anchor Borrowers Program ABP initiated by the CBN and Federal Ministry of Agriculture in the country piloted in Kebbi and a few other states some few years ago. With much rice in production, Kebbi and Lagos went into an alliance – Kebbi produces and processes, Lagos also processes, bags and distributes. The partnership has resulted in the famous ‘Lake Rice’ brand sold all over Lagos. Lake Rice is distributed majorly during two festive seasons – Ileya (Sallah) and Christmas. At each festivity, about 100,000 bags are reported to be sold and consumed by Lagosians. Some expect demand for Lake Rice to increase as more and more people become aware of the brand. In Kebbi state where the rice is grown, 16 local government areas and over 200,000 farmers are involved. With the provision of improved seedlings, farm inputs and extension services through the ABP scheme, paddy yield has increased from 2.5 to 10 metric tons, according to CBN reports. Besides cultivating the rice, Kebbi has also increased its milling capacity with guaranteed off-take by Lagos. Over the last two years, three major millers in Kebbi have increased their capacity. Kamba Rice Mill in Dandi Local Government now produces 735 metric tonnes per annum, over a 40% increase from previous capacity. Labana Rice Mill also produces 250,000 metric tonnes per annum, a considerable increase from previous capacity, while WACOT Rice Mill presently produces 120,000 metric tonnes annually but aiming to expand capacity to 500,000 metric tonnes per annum. There is no gaining saying the fact that the partnership between Kebbi and Lagos has proven to be beneficial to all – the farmers, rice traders, but most importantly the country, through conservation of foreign exchange used in importation of a product that could be produced locally. Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, boosted recently that Nigeria may stop rice importation in 6 months’ time with the 17 million tons of paddy produced as at end of 2017.