Rice production in Nigeria and other West African countries to increase in 2024 - OCHA

Rice production in Nigeria and other West African countries to increase in 2024 – OCHA


Rice production in Nigeria and other West African countries is expected to increase in 2024.

The West African Regional Supply and Market Outlook, coordinated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA, revealed this in its latest data.

Meanwhile, the outlook reveals that production of cereals (maize, sorghum and millet) in Nigeria and other West African countries is expected to decline significantly due to agro-climatic challenges, insecurity and rising production costs. .

The report therefore forecasts that the region's total grain production in 2023/24 will be approximately 76.5 million tonnes (MT), down 1% from the previous year (2022/23) and from the previous year (2022/23). Comparatively, it is expected to increase by 3%. Five-year average (2018/19 to 2022/23).

“While rice production is expected to increase significantly, production of coarse grains (maize, sorghum and millet) is expected to decrease significantly due to agro-climatic challenges, instability and rising production costs.” (Figure 1). In Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Mali, national grain production is expected to decline significantly each year. The regional production outlook remains optimistic for most root crops, tubers and cash crops. ”, the report states.

The move comes as an AFEX report predicts a 32% increase in rice production in 2024.

The average price of a 50kg bag of rice has jumped from N12,000 ten years ago to N55,000 in 2023, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

Source: dailypost.ng

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