Indian Varieties of Rice, Pulses Could Soon be Grown in Nigeria

Indian variety of rice and pulses may soon be grown in Nigeria, a substantial importer of food grains, as it aims to make agriculture the biggest alternative to oil and gas business to diversify its economy.

The issue came up for discussion during bilateral talks Vice-President Hamid Ansari held with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his counterpart Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday.

“Nigeria is a substantial importer of food grains. There are lot of land in the country which can be used for the purpose of growing Indian variety of rice and pulses. This was one of the key areas identified during the talks,” Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs Amar Sinha said.

Neil Palmer/CIAT


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