Nigeria’s rice importation dropped by 95% in two years – Minister

NIGERIA - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says rice importation into Nigeria has dropped by 95 per cent in the last two years. Ogbeh said this on Thursday in Abuja at the first Annual NACCIMA-NIRSAL Agribusiness and Policy Linkage Conference, which has “Implementing the Agriculture Component of the Economic Recovery…

Angola imports 400,000 tons of rice a year, seeks local production

ANGOLA - Angola imports 400,000 tons of rice a year to add to its locally grown 25,000 tons to market needs, says the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Carlos Alberto Pinto. In order to meets its needs and reduce imports, the country, emerging from decades long conflict, has to put in place about 300,000 hectares…

Rice in Nigeria: Building local capacity to grow, process vital grain

This article appeared in the Sept/October issue of Food Business Africa magazine The Government of Nigeria, the world’s second largest importer of rice, has initiated a number of policy initiatives in the last few decades to boost rice production and processing in the country. Despite these initiatives, the country continues to import large quantities, as…

Group says 12m farmers set for rice growing scheme

NIGERIA - The National President, Rice Farmers Association (RIFAN), Aminu Goronyo, says more than 12 million rice farmers will participate in this year’s Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Mr. Goronyo disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Thursday, while sensitising rice farmers to the requirements…

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest. Growers will probably reap 16.74 million metric tons of corn in the 2016 to 2017 season, Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician at the Pretoria-based Crop Estimates Committee, said by…

World wheat sowings for 2018 to see ‘only modest’ growth – IGC

WORLD - World wheat sowings will see "only modest" growth despite the lure of higher prices, the International Grains Council said, seeing area in the European Union, the top grower, as "broadly unchanged". The International Grains said that world wheat prices are "more than 10% higher year on year as northern hemisphere growers plant winter…