FG eyes imports to fulfill wheat consumption

FG eyes imports to fulfill wheat consumption

Most of the country’s wheat farmlands are rain-fed and insufficient to accommodate production.  With production of major grain crops limited, Nigeria is expected to continue to rely on imports during the 2016-17 marketing year, according to a Nov. 9 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

Nigeria’s combined cereal imports of wheat, rice and corn are expected to reach nearly 6.8 million tonnes this year, including a forecast of 4.5 million tonnes for wheat, up 2% from 2015-16, according to the FAS.

Domestic wheat production in Nigeria is limited, with forecasts calling for wheat area and production of 60,000 hectares and 60,000 tonnes, respectively, during the 2016-17 marketing year. Read more

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