Nigeria making progress in rice production, processing – AfDB

Abuja, April 9, 2020: The African Development Bank (AfDB) says Nigeria is making progress in rice production and processing.

Mr Ebrima Faal, Senior Country Director of the bank, stated this while suggesting measures to be taken for quick economic recovery during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.

Faal said this achievement should be scaled up and broadened to other sectors and commodities.

He said that leveraging on Nigeria’s agricultural potential to stimulate agro-led industrialisation could rejuvenate the economy and improving rural incomes.

“Economic diversification remains key to Nigeria’s inclusive growth and the productive structure of the economy is generally more diversified now than say 20 to 30 years ago”.

Faal, however, noted that the production had shifted from oil to agriculture and manufacturing to services, mainly wholesale and retail trade, transport, real estate among others.

According to him, the problem is that most services are in the informal sector.

“Some estimates suggest that the informal sector accounts for about 60 to 70 per cent of the economy.

“Services sector can contribute to jobs creation but there is need for measures to improve productivity, especially through ICT enabled financial and other technology driven services,” he said.

The director said that growing non-oil revenues would insulate the economy from the cyclicality of oil revenues and create stability in government budget. (NAN)

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