- A new report by a US agency has projected high rice imports into Nigeria in 2024
- The report said rice imports by Nigeria will rise by 2.1 metric tons next year
- It said the top exporters of the product in 2024 will be Brazil and South Korea, while Japan will experience a decrease due to changes in diets
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A new report by the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that Nigeria is projected to be a top rice importer globally, with about 2.1 million metric tons of rice in 2024.
The report stated that the global rice business will hit about 52.85 million tons by 2024, with more exports expected from Brazil and South Korea and more anticipated imports from Burkina Faso, Indonesia, and Nigeria.
Nigeria to experience weaker rice production
Per the report, weaker rice production is expected in Nigeria and seven other countries.
The commodity’s production is projected to drop in Japan and South Korea due to diet changes and declining and ageing populations.
Weaker crops are also projected in 2023/2024 for Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mali, Nigeria, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
The report states that rice production in 2023/2024 is projected at about 517.8 million tons, a decline of 340,000 tons from last month’s projection but 4.4 million tons larger than a year earlier.
“Out of the projected rice production figure, Nigeria is expected to produce about 5.23 million tons, the report reads.
Nigeria to lead in rice imports in 2024
Nigeria will likely be the leading importer of rice in 2024, according to data from the report.
Nigeria will be followed by Indonesia with an import projection of 2 million metric tons and Brazil with a projected 900,000 metric tons in imports.
The report said that the import forecast for Nigeria was increased by 100,000 metric tons from the October projections.
It noted that the increase is due to stronger demands than expected for rice import due to high prices for domestic rice and quality concerns.
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