We produced over 10 million metric tonnes of rice this year – Rice farmers

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The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) on Sunday said that it produced 15 million metric tonnes of rice this year.

RIFAN Deputy National Vice President, Segun Atho, said that the association’s rice production in 2017 was in excess of Nigeria’s population rice requirement of seven million metric tonnes annually.

The RIFAN executive spoke at the Celebrating Nigeria Rice ceremony held at the Foursquare Gospel Church, Yaba, Lagos.

“We produce 15 million metric tons of rice and Nigerians can only consume six to seven million metric tons; we produce excess and we can export the remaining ones to some African countries.

“We have about 85 million hectares of land out of it about six to seven million hectares can be use to cultivate rice that can feed Nigerians.

“As farmers we make Nigeria rice available to Nigerians, we urge Nigerians to look inwards and…

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