A photo of filled bags stacked as pyramids supported by a wooden scaffold has been shared multiple times online, claiming it is the rice pyramid unveiled in Abuja in January 2022.
The image surfaced online a few days ahead of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and other stakeholders to showcase a pyramid made up of stacked bags of rice paddy reminiscent of the groundnut pyramid found in Northern Nigeria in the past.
The pyramid was reported to have been built with 1 million bags of rice paddy planted and harvested from states across the country under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
The image shows a rice pyramid unveiled in Abuja in January 2022.
Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is false.
A reverse image search conducted by The FactCheckHub shows that the image has been online as far back as 2018.
The image trended in 2018 during the launch of a local rice brand in Ogun state tagged “Mission to Rebuild Ogun State” (MITROS).
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The claim that the image shows recent a rice pyramid unveiled in Abuja in 2022 is FALSE.
The image has been online since 2018.
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