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Farmers urged to explore basmati rice production

Executive Director, Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Dr Olufemi Oladunni

The Chief Executive, Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Dr. Olufemi Oladunni has urged farmers to explore the $13.08 billion global basmati rice market to save the country foreign from importation.

Basmati rice is a good source of energy due to its high carbohydrate content and provides essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Additionally, its high fiber content aids in digestion, and its low cholesterol and sodium levels contribute to heart health.

The top producers of basmati rice in the World are India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United States,Thailand, Kenya,Iraq, and Thailand. Basmati rice is primarily grown in the Indian subcontinent, with India and Pakistan being the largest producers by far.

He noted: “Most basmati rice is grown in Pakistan and India and is prized for its delicate flavor, long grains, and unique aroma.’’

Nonetheless, Nigeria and other areas with appropriate climates and farming methods can also support the cultivation of Basmati rice. Large areas of land in Nigeria are appropriate for growing rice, and because of its superior quality and high market demand, Basmati rice production in Nigeria can present special potential. This is a comprehensive summary of the agronomic techniques used in Nigerian Basmati rice cultivation.”

Oladunni highlighted the potential for Nigeria to enhance its self-sufficiency in rice production, suggesting a particular interest in expanding into Basmati rice cultivation.

According to him,  the pursuit of greater self-sufficiency in rice production, including the expansion into Basmati rice cultivation, could contribute to Nigeria’s food security goals and reduce its dependence on rice imports.

Expanding into Basmati rice cultivation, he continued, would require investment in infrastructure, research, and technology to adapt to the specific requirements of the variety..

Oladunni said Nigeria has the capacity to pursue greater self-sufficiency  in rice production to  expand new areas such as Basmati rice  for increased food resiliency. QR Code

Published Date: April 10, 2024

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