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Rice Production: Bühler and Nigeria collaborate to enhance production and food security

Bühler and the Nigerian government are working together on a project to increase rice production all across the nation. The initiative, which involves both the state and federal governments, was started in 2017 with an agreement for the purchase of a rice mill in Imota. Both levels of government have realized the value of increasing the independence and security of their food supply.

In order to boost the nation’s rice production, Bühler has partnered with the Nigerian government. A project that was started in 2017 comprises the purchase of eight smaller mills supported by the federal government, as well as a rice mill in Imota. One of the eight mills is now operational. The federal and state governments of Nigeria understand the significance of increasing the nation’s food supply’s security and self-sufficiency.

The rice industry is important to Nigeria’s efforts to improve food security, and the government’s current push to invest in rice mills across the country is supported by products from Bühler Nigeria. Since it first arrived in Nigeria more than 50 years ago, the multinational Swiss family business has made a name for itself as the country’s primary source of technology for raising rice production and processing to worldwide standards.

The National Rice Development Strategy-II (2020-2030) and the Competitive African Rice Initiative were launched by the federal government in December 2013 in order to guarantee surplus rice production for export, food security, and employment creation. The government’s objectives of self-sufficiency in rice production, food and nutrition security, employment creation, and production of surplus for export are all being met under the NRDS-II, a ten-year plan for the growth of the rice industry.

The completely automated Imota rice mill, which was opened in January of this year by Muhammadu Buhari, president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, serves as an example of the collaboration with Bühler. According to Iyore Amadasun, Sales & Channel Business Manager for Bühler Nigeria, the rice business in the nation is going to undergo a revolution thanks to what is reportedly the largest rice manufacturing facility in sub-Saharan Africa, with an annual production of roughly 2.5 million 50 kilogram bags. When operating at full capacity, it will lower rice prices, boost domestic production, and ultimately improve Nigeria’s trade balance.

By 2050, Nigeria, which currently has the sixth-largest population in the world, is expected to overtake the United States and rank among the top three nations. Accordingly, the current 216 million population is projected to grow to 401 million by 2050 and reach a peak of 732 million by 2100. The Nigerian government faces a challenge in feeding this expanding population in a sustainable and effective manner, and Bühler is dedicated to helping the country achieve food independence by offering dependable food processing technologies.

Bühler Nigeria can build a more sustainable future for everyone by making investments in new technologies, collaborations, innovation, and education. Industry and the government have clearly accepted full responsibility as evidenced by the strong resonance and favorable comments received.