By G9ija

Nigeria is now the largest producer of rice in Africa , the Federal Government said on Tuesday .
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Sabo Nanono , said this in Abuja at an event to mark the 2020 World Food Day , celebrated annually on October 16 .

Nanono said , “ Significant progress has been made to improve agricultural productivity since the inception of the present administration .

“ To boost food security , Nigeria has curbed imports and has established a robust rice production programme to encourage more rice production at home.

“ Efforts in this direction are starting to show results as Nigeria is now Africa ’ s largest producer of rice . The country is also the largest producer of cassava in the world. ”

The minister said a range of policies and initiatives to strengthen the rice and cassava value chains had been put in place .

According to him , the economic potential of both livestock and fisheries are also being harnessed.