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Farm Location: Agwatashi, Nasarawa
Unit Cost: N75,000
Nigeria rice productivity is among the lowest within neighbouring countries, with average yields of 1.51 tonne/ha. Nigeria is the largest rice-producing country in West Africa but is also the second-largest importer of rice in the World. Rice is cultivated on about 3.7 million hectares of land in Nigeria, representing approximately 10.6% of the 35 million hectares of land under cultivation, out of a total arable land area of 70 million hectares in Nigeria Out of the 3,7 million hectares under rice cultivation, 77% of the farmed area is rain-fed rice, of which 47% is lowland and 30% upland. Rice is the third most important cereal grown and consumed globally after wheat and maize. In Nigeria, rice is cultivated in almost all ecological belts available in the country as they all provide favourable environments to support the crop.