Nigeria can now produce 24m metric tonnes of rice annually – R

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The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) says its members now have the capacity to produce 24 million metric tons of rice a year.

National Treasurer RIFAN, Alhaji Sadiq Daware, made a disclosure in an interview with the Nigerian Information Agency (NAN) on Monday in Jolo.

Daware said that the development was due to the support and capacity building of rice farmers by the current administration.

"In Nigeria, there are more than 12 million rice farmers who grow an average of 0.5 hectares over two to three farm cycles per year, with an average production of four metric tons per hectare.

"We need commitment and conviction that we can feed this country, and also export," Daare said.

He praised the approval of the federal government to create an integrated rice mill in Bauchi.

Daware said that RIFAN is deploying two more integrated rice plants in Adamava and Gombe.

According to him, the program of federal government borrowers has significantly ensured the contribution, monetary support and value for the production and marketing of Nigerian rice.

"Some European countries are patronizing rice in Nigeria," he said.

NAN reports that the capacity of rice production in Nigeria reached 15 million metric tons in 2017. (NAN)

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