Nigeria has overtaken Egypt as the largest rice producer in Africa. This information was disclosed by the DG, Africa Rice Center in Benin Republic, Dr. Harold Roy-Macauley.
Dr. Roy-Macauley said Nigeria produces at 4 million tonnes a year, making the country the largest producer in African continent. This meant Nigeria has overtaking Egypt.
Egypt was producing 4.3 million tonnes per year, but production has decreased by about 40 percent this year. This is due to the Egyptian Government’s need to preserve water resources by limiting cultivation.
Also, the entire African continent produces an average of 14.6 million tonnes every year.