Nigeria Overtakes Egypt As Largest Rice Producer In Africa

The Director-General, Africa Rice Center, Benin Republic, Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, has announced Nigeria as the largest rice producer in Africa, after overtaken Egypt. According to Roy-Macauley, Nigeria is now the largest rice producer at 4 million tonnes a year.

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Egypt was producing 4.3 tonnes annually but production has reduced by almost 40 percent this year due to the Egyptian government decision to limit cultivation to preserve water resources. Africa as a whole produces an average of 14.6 million tonnes of rough rice annually.

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