Rice is one of the major staple foods in Nigeria. There is no household in which rice is not consumed by one or all of the family members daily.
Local production had been suppressed for so many years due to persistent smuggling of the commodity through the land borders. This meant that smuggled rice was much cheaper than the locally produced rice. Local farmers had no alternative but to cultivate just enough for their households and sell excess in the local market. Nigeria has not been able to attain self-sufficiency in rice production due to the unfair business terrain.
Statistically, Nigeria is the highest importer of rice globally and the largest producer in West Africa
The story has now changed.
The federal government policy on rice production has changed completely. Local production along the rice value chain is now vigorously encouraged. Many states are collaborating in rice production, processing, bagging as well as sales and marketing of the commodity.
Lagos and Kebbi states are a good example. Both states are collaborating to produce rice with the brand name LAKE RICE. When you see LAKE RICE in the market, just know it is the product of Lagos and Kebbi states.
Rice production states in Nigeria include the following’
In the north, we have
- Kano – this is a major rice producing state
- Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Niger, Taraba and Borno states.
In the South, we have
- Enugu, Cross river, Ebonyi, Lagos and Ogun states.
According to the leadership of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) annual rice production in Nigeria has increase from 5.5 million tonnes in 2015, to 5.8 million tonnes in 2017. It is noteworthy to state that the
As part of efforts to encourage local production, CAPITAL RICE, the largest rice exporter in Thailand, offered to combine efforts with Stallion Group one of the largest business conglomerates in West Africa. A joint venture will be created for the management of rice plants in Nigeria.
We hope for the best.