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Nigeria to domesticate Egyptian rice, says Dikko

Nigeria will soon learn  and domesticate Egypt’s method in rice production and processing, an official has said.
Mr Sheu Dikko, the Managing Director of Deansheranger Project Ltd., the company that took over Badeggi Rice Mill in Niger State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that Egyptian rice experts have had a discussion with Nigerian officials in that regard.
Dikko said the Federal Government’s drive to enhance rice production made it imperative to enhance paddy rice production.

He explained that the choice of Egypt was because it had seedlings that could produce in excess of 11 tonnes of rice per hectare of good quality paddy rice, compared with what was available in Nigeria.

He added that work had reached advanced stage and that efforts had been geared toward research to see how it could successfully adapt to the nation’s soil texture and climate.

The Managing Director explained that the company was not limiting its business to Egypt, as it was currently engaged in research work with international partners to ensure the development of new improved rice seedlings.

The company was also doing research in rice farming methods that could enhance production of quality paddy in Nigeria, he added.

He suggested that the Federal Government should give more support to rice processing companies across the country “in view of the government’s efforts to boost rice production.

“Government should buy off all the entire production at a guaranteed minimum price as the buyer of last resort as the strategy has the possibility to impact positively on several areas.

He said this would encourage the private investor to participate more in rice production.


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