Guinea Seeks Nigeria’s Help in Rice Production
The Guninea-Bissau is seeking assistance from Nigeria in rice
production to enable the foreign nation to meet its food sufficiency,
food security and nutrition targets.
According to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development, this was made public at the ministry’s headquarters in
Abuja when the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo
Nanono, received the Guinean Ambassador to Nigeria, Henrique
Adriano Da Silva. Da Silva, according to a statement from the FMARD, was at the ministry alongside the Country Representative of the Food and Agricultural Organisation, Suffyan Koroma.
It stated that the request was based on the successes recorded by
Nigerian farmers in the production of rice. It said the success in rice production in Nigeria could be tied to the
provision of improved rice seedlings, farm inputs and the anchor
borrowers’ facility by the Federal Government. Nanono said the ministry would assist Guinea-Bissau in terms of
personnel training and technical assistance in rice value chain.
He was, however, quick to note that establishing bilateral
agreements between the two governments were absolutely
He promised to meet with the Guinean minister of agriculture to
commence the initiative.
Da Silva had earlier stated that rice value chain was the core of
Guinean agriculture, which saw Guinea exporting rice to other
countries such as Angola, Mozambique and Portugal.
He further stated that 90 per cent of rice consumed in his country
was imported, which was why the government was seeking
assistance from Nigeria.