RICE – The rebranding of a major staple food in Nigeria

 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 was suppressed by smuggled rice in view of the fact that the smuggled rice was much cheaper than the locally produced rice. Local farmers had no alternative than 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. Rice production states in Nigeria include the following’

In the north, we have

  1. Kano – this is a major rice producing state
  2. Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Niger, Taraba and Borno states.

In the South, we have

  1. 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.

Author Bio

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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: yemisiakibu@gmail.com or info@belvynaglobal.com Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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