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Nigeria: New Rice - Country to Produce 162,000 Metric Tones
Nigeria farmers are to produce 162,000 metric tones of the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) variety.

Director Project Coordinating Unit Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, made this known at the occasion of Farmers Field Day at Dukpa, Gwagwalada , Abuja.

He said about 108,000 hectors of land will be put under NERICA production resulting in the production of 162,000 metric tones of rice by the end of the project life.

"An estimated 65,000 farm families organized into 360 Rice Farmers Group will directly benefit from the project," he said.

NERICA is an improved rice variety recently discovered which combines the ruggedness of local African rice species with the high productivity traits of Asian rice. This was mainly the product of West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA).

The Director who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Oyesola Oyebani said the project which was launched on a national scale on June 21 2005, is focused on supporting small scale rice producers to improve production and their household incomes through the transfer of NERICA varieties and complementary technologies. He said the sector's goal is to contribute to poverty reduction and food security through enhanced access to high yielding NERICA rice variety.

"The project aims to enhance rice production and import substitution. On production support, producers have been supported in the areas of group mobilization, seed production, and training and extension delivery," he said.

He however pointed out that most of the communities where the project is being implemented faced a number of challenges to do with insufficient or poor infrastructural facilities.

"Producers and beneficiary communities are yet to be assisted on spot improvement of feeder roads, drying floors, market stalls and rice processing equipments," he added.
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