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FG unveils 10-Year Rice Self-Sufficiency Plan

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By Okunloye Abiodun

The plan would help the government to achieve its rice sufficiency goal.

In an effort to boost productivity and point the rice industry in the right direction, the federal government has launched the National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS) II. Speaking at the launch of the NRDS II and the Competitive Africa Rice platform (CARP) SRP- Nigeria, Hon. Mustapha Shehuri, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, stated that the document was incorporated by all of the stakeholders with assistance from the Competitive Africa Rice Platform at the 4th National Council of Agriculture (NCA) in 2021.

The document, according to the minister, is a 10-year strategy that will assist the government in accomplishing its objectives of self-sufficiency in the production of rice, food and nutrition security, job creation, and surplus production for that will encourage more exportation. He assured the public that the government was still fully dedicated to expanding the country’s agricultural sector to the full extent of its capabilities so that the country’s massive population could enjoy greater food and nutritional stability.

High import bills will be tackled when productivity increases.

Furthermore, the rice value chain has been discovered as a strategical instrument for achieving these aspirational goals, the minister said, adding that the Rice Transformation Agenda was developed using the NRDS I as part of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP), which acted as an ignition for the country’s rice revolution. He added that the initiative’s implementation kicked off with the introduction of a value chain system, which represented a comprehensive strategy for remaking Nigeria’s rice industry. The government can now facilitate the entire rice value chain, from cultivation to processing to distribution.

In 2011, the federal government implemented a private sector-driven agricultural approach to tackling the country’s massive import bill by increasing paddy production, enhancing product quality, and encouraging the consumption of locally grown rice. As a result of this, Shehuri disclosed that the national paddy production had increased significantly, bringing the nation closer to its goal of achieving rice independence in 2020. At the same time, the NRD I was being reviewed, which would eventually lead to the creation of a new NRDS document in 2021.

The CARP will promote policies and proper practices in the rice industry.

Shehuri stated that the document guarantees the continued competitiveness of the country’s rice and the self-sufficiency of the rice sector; CARP, formerly known as the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), is committed to the yields and stability of the industry. A multi-stakeholder platform called CARP (SRP)-Nigeria was established to promote policies and push for fundamental modifications to accepted practices in the rice industry. Towards this end, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has established a Board of Trustees (BoT) for the CARP, which has made that department it’s home for purposes of active cooperation and production management.

Moreover, the minister, on the other hand, urged all of the key stakeholders to put into action the extremely significant document as well as CARP (SRP)-Nigeria, which will be in the best interests of the nation. During the process of launching both documents, the minister stated that the federal government would be delighted to enter into additional partnerships as well as requested passionate dedication from all parties involved with the implementation of the plan.

Much progress has been recorded from the previous initiative.

Lastly, he noted that the previous document had led to many positive outcomes, such as the establishment of a national database of farmers, the improvement of the seed production and development system, the acceleration of R&D efforts that resulted in the creation of rice varieties that are more resistant to environmental impacts, the fortification of seed companies so that they can produce high-quality seeds, and the improvement of agricultural insurance through the creation of the Nigerian Incentive-based Risk Sharing on Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), also the implementation of the zero percent import duty and tariff on agricultural equipment and others.


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1 year ago

FG unveils 10-Year Rice Self-Sufficiency Plan – The plan would help the government to achieve its rice sufficiency goal. – Express your point of view.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
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1 year ago

The strategy will help the govt achieve the objectives of self-sufficiency in the production of rice, food and nutrition security, job creation, and surplus production for that will encourage more exportation.This will also would reduce how we depend on importation(high import bills will be tackled when productivity increases) and improve the agricultural sector. I pray targets are met as previous years.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

This is a good plan. It is the reason why we need to tap into the agricultural sector. The rice production for 10 years is know secured. There is need for us to get the other cash crops especially into production for purpose of exporting to other countries.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

In order to reduce the country’s significant import expenditure, the federal government adopted an agricultural strategy in 2011 that was driven by the private sector. This strategy included increasing paddy production, improving product quality, and promoting the consumption of rice that was grown locally.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

The National Rice Development Strategy was initiated by the United States federal government as part of an effort to increase production within the rice industry and move it in the correct direction overall.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

The government will have an easier time achieving its goals of achieving self-sufficiency in the production of rice, food, and nutrition with the assistance of these actions.

jdpumping
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1 year ago

I hope the 10 year plan will work out for the government to achieve it goals towards the rice grown locally for consumption of the citizenry.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

Rice is one of the stable food in the country and everything that is needed to done to make it available for the masses should be done because the level of hunger in the country is too much.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
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1 year ago

The government’s focus remains squarely on developing the agriculture sector to its full potential, which will allow the country’s large population to have more reliable access to healthy food.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

The federal government is enthusiastic about the possibility of entering into further partnerships, and it has asked all parties participating in the execution of the plan to demonstrate unwavering commitment and ardor in their efforts.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

This is a good plan it is a nice agricultural strategy that will serve as self sufficient of 10 year rice no need for import rather we export and gain income and will enable increasement in flow of rice in the country. It will be better if we can use the plan for other crops as well we really need to improve our agriculture

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

research and development efforts were sped up, leading to the development of rice varieties that are more resilient to environmental influences, and seed corporations were strengthened, allowing for the production of high-quality seeds.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

acceleration of research and development efforts that led to the introduction of rice varieties better able to withstand environmental stresses, and overall enhancements to the seed production and development system

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

There is a pressing need for us to begin production of the other cash crops, particularly for the purpose of shipping them to other countries.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
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1 year ago

The federal government of the United States came up with the idea for the National Rice Development Strategy as part of an effort to boost production in the rice industry and steer it in the right direction as a whole.

Christiana
Christiana
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1 year ago

Accelerated R&D activities led to the creation of rice varieties that are more resistant to environmental impacts, and bolstered seed firms made it possible to mass produce high-quality seeds.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

The federal government launched a private-sector-led agricultural policy in 2011 to help lower the country’s hefty import bill.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

This is a wise strategy. We must take advantage of the agricultural industry for this reason. The production of rice for the next ten years is assured. We must put the other cash crops, in particular, into production in order to sell them to other nations.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

The nation’s huge population will benefit from more consistent access to wholesome food if the government continues to place a high priority on expanding the agriculture industry to its full potential.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

The plan would help the government to achieve its rice sufficiency goal. The fact remains that our government knows how to make a lot of plans without doing the needful to achieve the goal plan

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

I will appreciate it if the federal government can full execute the 10 years plan in self sufficiency in rice production taking a queue from India who are into rice production and exportation.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

My strong hope is that some unscrupulous element shouldn’t hijacked this process and use it to enrich themselves instead of making the country to benefit from it. If Nigeria can attain self sufficiency in rice production within federal government stipulated 10years then it shows that we are progressing.