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May 27, 2024

ARMTI Urges Farmers to Explore $13.08bn Global Basmati Rice Market 

The Chief Executive of Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Dr. Olufemi Oladunni has implored farmers to explore the $13.08 billion global basmati rice market to save the country from exportation. 

While speaking on the benefits of Basmati rice, he said: “Most basmati rice is grown in Pakistan and India and is prized for its delicate flavor, long grains, and unique aroma.’

“Nonetheless, Nigeria and other areas with appropriate climates and farming methods can also support the cultivation of Basmati rice. 

“Large areas of land in Nigeria are appropriate for growing rice, and because of its superior quality and high market demand, Basmati rice production in Nigeria can present special potential. This is a comprehensive summary of the agronomic techniques used in Nigerian Basmati rice cultivation.”

Dr. Oladunni then highlighted the potential for Nigeria to enhance its self-sufficiency in rice production, suggesting a particular interest in expanding into Basmati rice cultivation.

He said the pursuit of greater self-sufficiency in rice production, including the expansion into Basmati rice cultivation, could contribute to Nigeria’s food security goals and reduce its dependence on rice imports.

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