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Do you Know- The Major Rice Producing States in Nigeria

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In Nigeria, hardly would you meet someone that holds a grudge against Rice. While it might not be their favourite food, it definitely is one of the most accepted food on the menu list. Rice is a friend of the masses; it is in almost every ceremony and consumed in almost every home at least, once a week. Staggering claims! But this might not be so staggering if one considers that firstly, Nigeria has a very high consumerist culture. Secondly, Rice is the most widely consumed staple food in the country and thirdly, it is 3rd highest global food production, after sugarcane and maize. The 2012 FAOSTAT data attests to the above stated facts.

These
claims are further backed up by the statistics that show that, Nigeria
is the highest importer of rice globally and the largest producer in West
Africa; with a potential of even being the largest exporter in the world. But
do you know the 5 largest rice producing states in Nigeria?

An Agricultural Performance Survey (APS) was
undertaken in 2017. The research was carried out by the National Agricultural
Extension and Research Liason Services (NAERLS), of the Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria, in conjunction with the Agricultural Development Projects (ADP’s) and
the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension. According to the findings of
the research, the leading rice producing state in Nigeria is; Niger
state,
which produced about 550 thousand metric tonnes of rice in 229
thousand hectares. Second is Kogi state, with 513 thousand metric tonnes
from 235 thousand hectares and thirdly, Benue state, with 487
thousand metric tonnes from about 278 thousand hectares. Others are Kano
state
, which produced about 419 thousand metric tonnes, Kebbi state
with a production of about 411 thousand metric tonnes, Nassarawa state
that produced another 411 thousand metric tonnes, Kwara state with 408
thousand metric tonnes and the Federal Capital Territory with another
408 thousand metric tonnes production. By implication, statistics and figures
show that Kano, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Kwara and the FCT occupy the fourth, fifth,
sixth, seventh and eight positions, for major rice producing states. Other
states that cultivate or produce rice in significant quantities in Nigeria
include; Ebonyi state, Ekiti State, Kaduna State, Enugu state, Ogun state,
Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto, Bauchi, Cross-river and Borno states.

Nigeria is rated to have a rice production capacity of
60million metric tonnes; enough to cater for the Nigerian market and the
surplus for export. At times, attribution of the major rice producing states is
given to Kebbi, Jigawa and Ebonyi. However, this attribution is usually based
on potentialities as against actual productivity, current and prevailing
statistics. Therefore, based on concrete, recorded and very recent statistics,
the first five major rice producing states in Nigeria are Niger, Kogi, Benue,
Kano and Kebbi states.
It is also important to note that many states, such
as Ebonyi and Jigawa are putting structures on ground, such as processing
plants and mills, as well as marking out massive acres of lands etc. in order
to enable them reach astronomical proportions of productions

References

Nigeria Infopedia

Finelib

Wikipedia

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