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Nigeria to be rice self-sufficient next year

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Staff Writer | July 28, 2017
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria's rice importation has dropped by over 80 percent and that the country would be self-sufficient next year.
Yemi Osinbajo
Africa   Nigeria is the largest producer of rice in West Africa
Declaring open the 16th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC), Africa Region in Abuja, Osinbajo said the feat was achieved based on the collaborative efforts of both the Executive and the Legislature.

"In the last two years, Nigeria which is the largest producer of rice in West Africa and the second largest importer of rice in the world has changed that story. Our rice import bill in 2014 was N1billion a month.

"Today by a combination of progressive legislative appropriation to agriculture and providing single digit credit under our anchor borrowers programme for the purchase of right fertilizer quality and other inputs and credit, many rice farmers moved from getting yields of 3.5 metric tons per hectare to 7.5 mt per hectare.