Rice production in Nigeria could hit 16 million tons in 2023 if all the participating States under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme convert their Pilot Programmes into massive production.
Executive Director of Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute, Dr Olufemi Oladunni, says the nation’s rice production is expected to set a new record with increased cultivated area.
This, according to him, will increase paddy production to 16 million tons in 2023. The figure is now four million tons.
According to him, Nigeria can produce more than 12 million tons over four-year with the support of President Muhammdau Buhari’s administration, adding that increasing support to the paddy crop is likely to keep the country’s rice production high.