Native rice production can solely meet 57% of demand in Nigeria – AFAN official 

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The Deputy Chairman of the All-Farmers Affiliation of Nigeria (AFAN), Lagos chapter, Mr. Shakin Agbayewa has acknowledged that native worth production can solely meet 57% of the 6.5 million metric tonnes of rice consumed yearly within the nation. 

He talked about this in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria, alongside the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Rice Farmers Affiliation of Nigeria (RIFAN).

Throughout the interview, they cautioned members in opposition to repackaging native rice in overseas luggage to extend income. 

In keeping with Mr. Agbayewa, the nation might meet its rice consumption demand underneath the best situations.  

Moreover, he decried the repackaging of native rice in overseas luggage as “inner smuggling” stating it’s partly liable for the rise in rice costs 

He acknowledged, “We have now a serious drawback in regionally grown rice, we name it ‘inner smuggling’. A scenario the place native rice cultivators ‘rebag’ home-grown rice in overseas luggage, to promote at a better worth. We lack honesty amongst native rice producers due to the rebagging of rice points. 

“In Nigeria immediately, we devour shut to six.5 to seven million metric tonnes of rice on a yearly foundation. Sadly, our native production is about 57 per cent, because of the closure of the border by the previous administration. We nonetheless have a shortfall of about 43 per cent.

“If we’re sincere, we are able to adequately meet the calls for for native rice within the nation. If all parameters are equal, native rice farmers will be capable to meet the native calls for for home-grown rice,” 

On his half, the Lagos State RIFAN Chairman, Mr. Raphael Hunsa, referred to as for concerted efforts to spice up native rice production.

He emphasised that growing rice production requires dedication and involvement from all stakeholders, particularly youth.  

Hunsa famous that the Lagos State rice mill at Imota, able to producing 33,000 metric tonnes per hour, lacks sufficient paddy to function.

He urged the federal government to help native farmers, scale back reliance on northern states for paddy, and entice extra rice farmers to satisfy the rising demand for regionally grown rice. 

Improve in rice costs 

  • In 2023, AFEX in a report on crop production in 2024 acknowledged that the costs of rice will rise by round 32% in 2024 as production stagnates round 3.2% within the yr.
  • Earlier within the yr, the worth of 50kg of rice elevated to virtually N90,000 however has moderated round N75,000.  
  • Yr-on-year, the worth of 1kg rice offered unfastened has elevated by virtually 170% based on the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Meals Worth Watch.  
  • In a bid to extend provide and beat down costs, the federal authorities has mooted the concept of importing rice paddy to the assorted idle rice mills throughout the nation.  

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