Nigeria : rice production in danger after floods hit the country

A rice farm in Nigeria. Photo : AFP

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Nigeria will likely experience shortage in rice production if appropriate measures were not taken to replant after the recent floods, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh warned Thursday.

The floods had affected some major rice producing states, the minister said in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, adding that the country might experience a scarcity of rice, if the issue is not addressed.

“We have to find out a way to assist farmers, who were affected by the flood,” he told a meeting of farmers.

“There are different varieties of rice that are being produced at National Agricultural Seed Council like faro 66 and 67, which are flood tolerant,” he said.

“We hope to get them into the field in large quantity for farmers to plant in the near future,” the minister said.

Heavy downpours have been hitting Nigeria since late July, triggering massive floods in some states.

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