Nigeria to Add 2.1 Million Tons of Rice in 4 Years

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Nigeria will raise its annual rice production by 2.1 million metric tons within the next four years, making the West African nation self-sufficient in output of the staple crop, said Agriculture Minister Akinwunmi Adesina.

The country will sign a deal with U.S.-based Dominion Farms Ltd. to start a 300,000-ton, $40 million rice farm that would be the biggest of its kind in Africa, he told reporters in Abuja, the capital, today. The plantation’s output will save Nigeria 54 billion naira annually in rice-import costs, Adesina said.

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