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Food Production to Hit 22 Million Tonnes By 2015 - Adesina

July 25, 2014

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina has said that the country will produce 22 million tonnes of additional food by 2015.

A statement signed by the Director (Information), Mr. Tony Ohaeri said the Minister made this known during a media chat on 'self-sufficiency in rice' in Abuja.

He said, "When we started in 2011, our aim was to produce additional 20 million tonnes of food to the existing production.

"As at the end of 2013, 17 million tonnes of additional food had been produced since 2011 and by 2015, 22 million tones of additional food would be produced," he said.

Adesina said Nigeria was now the reference point for agriculture on the continent as the country was rapidly closing food importation gap. He observed that the impact of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) was noticeable as food import had dropped by N2.5 billion in the last three years.

According to him, when ATA started in 2011, the land area for rice production was increased by 1.9 million hectares.

He said rice varieties known as faro 44 and 52, which was as good as the imported rice, had been introduced to about six million local farmers.

Adesina said these varieties could give farmers five to six tonnes per hectare as to one to two tonnes per hectares hitherto produced by the local grain. He said the intervention of the Goodluck Jonathan administration had seen the production of paddy rice grow from four to nine million tonnes in the last three years.

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Source: AllAfrica

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