Bringing Japan’s rice experience to Nigeria


To the Federal Government rice is a strategic commodity because of its importance to food security and to generating employment and incomes for the nation. Against this backdrop, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Asia Chapter has mounted a campaign to boost farmers’ rice-producing capabilities, DANIEL ESSIET reports

 

Rice is one of the most-consumed staples in Nigeria with consumption per capita of 32 kilogrammes (kg), says PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services network.

Given its importance, boosting its production has been accorded high priority by the government.  So far, significant progress has been made with increase in local rice production.

The efforts are starting to yield results, and Nigeria is now producing 3.7 million tonnes of rice annually, according to the US Department of Agriculture, World Markets and Trade.

But the nation consumes almost seven million tonnes a year. To boost food security, the government has curbed…



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