Agriculture: IFAD Introduces New Technology To Improve Local Rice Quality (Audio)
13 July 2017 News
Rice is the food for every household in Nigeria. Children love to eat it, while adults are not left out. So rice is a staple food in this country despite other kinds of foods produced or imported into the country.
Generally grown in flooded paddy fields to keep predators at bay, it can also be grown in soil but then requires much more human intervention and pest control. It is said there are almost 50,000 varieties of rice and more are being created every year by cross-breeding.
In China, which produces about 25 per cent of all rice, some varieties ripen so quickly that two or even three crops a year can be harvested.
But in Nigerian market today, there exist many kinds of rice – locally produced, milled, packaged and foreign.
However, a new technology to make local rice acceptable to Nigerians has been introduced to rice and cassava processors in Niger state.
The initiative is founded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD.
Radio Nigeria correspondent Saude Mohammed has the details in the link below;