Rice Considered 'Gold' in Nigeria


Plans are in place to increase rice production by 2018 - In line with the demand placed by the growing population on a daily basis.

A woman farms rice on her farm in Ungwaku 1, Kajura District, in Kaduna State Nigeria.

  • Nigeria:  Govt Eyes 13 Million Tons of Rice Production in 2018

    Daily Trust, 4 March 2014

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working hard to increase rice production in Nigeria from 3.4 million tonnes of paddy in 2007 to 13.27 million tons by 2018. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Stakeholders Urge FG to Implement Agreed Duty On Rice

    This Day, 17 February 2014

    The Rice Millers Importers and Distributors Association of Nigeria (RiMIDAN) has appealed to the federal government to urgently implement the $190 duty per metric tonne of rice to ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Govt Targets Rice Export From 2017

    This Day, 10 February 2014

    The Federal Ministry of Agriculture weekend stated that Nigeria would be a net exporter of rice in 2017 due to the massive increase in the milling capacity of rice in the country. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Rice Value Chain Initiative Launched

    Daily Trust, 8 February 2014

    The West Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme yesterday launched a rice value chain initiative aimed at increasing yields in the production of rice by farmers in the country. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Halting Rice Importation

    Daily Trust, 6 February 2014

    The rate of rice importation into Nigeria has been increasing, on daily basis, because local production of the commodity has failed to meet the demand of the surging population. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Spectre of Smuggling and Nigeria's Rice Business

    This Day, 4 February 2014

    With an annual N360 billion (about $2 billion) at stake in the Nigerian rice business, smuggling would certainly be a difficult battle to fight in the country. The problem is even ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  FG to Spend N14 Billion On Dry Season Rice Farming

    Daily Trust, 1 February 2014

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has approved N14 billion toe support of 2013/2014 dry season rice farming programme. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Rice Import Ban and Trade Politics

    This Day, 28 January 2014

    Crusoe Osagie reviews the intrigues in the high wired international trade politics surrounding Nigeria's decision to end the importation of rice by 2015 read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan Approves N14 Billion for Dry Season Farming

    This Day, 21 January 2014

    President Goodluck Jonathan has approved N14 billion to support dry season farming in 2014. This marks a measured increment in the support for the scheme, as the president had ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  2015 Rice Importation Ban - Disregard Us Report, FG Urged

    This Day, 14 January 2014

    Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have urged Nigerians and the Federal Government to disregard comments from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggesting ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ban On Rice Importation - Dealers Appeal for Deadline Extention

    Vanguard, 7 January 2014

    Rice dealers on Tuesday in Asaba appealed to the Federal Government to extend the deadline for the proposed ban on the importation of rice from 2015 to 2019. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Rice Consumption and Importation in Nigeria, No Solution in Sight

    Vanguard, 30 December 2013

    Nigeria has been a major consumer and importer of rice in Africa. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina recently revealed that the country spends over ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Rice Dealers Appeal for Deadline Extension

    This Day, 8 January 2014

    Rice dealers yesterday appealed to the federal government to extend the deadline for the proposed ban on the importation of rice from 2015 to 2019. read more »