Despite the concern of shortage of rice in 2019 as a consequence of flooding incidents in 2018, Nigerian farmers have stated that early rains within the nation’s rice-growing areas had boosted prospects for an excellent harvest.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, had earlier predicted a scarcity of rice within the nation if applicable measures weren’t taken to replant after locations like Jigawa, Kebbi, Anambra, and Kogi had been affected by the flood.
According to the president of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Aminu Goronyo, “We have experienced early rains in the central states and the northeast, from all indications, we expect a bumper harvest thanks to favourable weather.”
The development will increase the chance of decreased import by the nation as Nigeria’s rice importation figures keeps decreasing since 2015.
Nigeria presently produces 4.eight million metric tons of rice annually and needs to import the outstanding balance to satisfy home consumption estimated at greater than eight million tons annually, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nigeria’s Agriculture Ministry insists domestic output has reached seven million tons per annum, with the federal government anticipating to reduce as much as 1.9 million tons of rice imports.
Rice farmers are getting authorities help by way of a program backed by the Central Bank of Nigeria to supply them with low-interest loans, in accordance with Mr. Goronyo.