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Nigeria Seeks to Cut Wheat Imports by Boosting Local Output

  • New strains developed by government-backed research institute
  • U.S., Russia are the biggest exporters of wheat to Nigeria
Grain And Corn Storage At Kaap Agri Ltd. Silos
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Wheat farmers in Nigeria are planting new varieties more suited to the tropics to boost local production and help cut imports costing more than $4 billion a year, a farmers group said.

Two new strains of the grain identified as Reyna-28 and Norman Borlaug, developed by the Lake Chad Research Institute, a government-owned agricultural research agency, yields more than 3 metric tons per hectare (2.5 acres), compared with 1 ton per hectare harvested from the older types, according to Salim Mohammed, president of the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria. South Africa, a major wheat producer in sub-Saharan Africa, estimates average yield for the 2018 production season at 3.6 tons per hectare.