Nigeria has always been at the top when it comes to Agriculture in the 60s, being the world’s second largest rice importer years back, the narrative appears to have changed as the country continues to take steps to ramp up domestic production.
According to a recent report, Nigeria has overtaken Egypt as the largest rice producer in Africa.
According to The Director-General, Africa Rice Center, Benin Republic, Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, who disclosed this, said Nigeria is now the largest rice producer at four million tonnes a year.
Egypt was producing 4.3 tonnes annually but the country’s production had reduced by almost 40 per cent this year.
Africa produces an average of 14.6 million tonnes of rough rice annually, he explained.