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Below are a few things that happened in the Agric space in Nigeria in 2013
In 2013, 11,000 enumerators were hired and registered 10 million farmers, who were issued electronic wallets. This helped make the fertilizer and seed distribution seamless. Farmers got 50% government rebate on the cost of fertilizers through their mobile phones and they were given all their seeds free. The electronic wallet system saved the government ₦25 billion.
Federal Department of Extension came into full effect in 2013 to carry innovations to farmers. Significant progress has been made towards the set up of the marketing corporations. These corporations are like marketing boards but are not run by the government. These will be market institutions that will help farmers with market price information, access to grades and standards, markets and infrastructure.
Operators in this sector include Dominion Farms in collaboration with T.Y Danjuma Group in Taraba state. They will invest up to $40 million in 30,000 hectares of land. In 18 months they are expected to produce 15% of rice being imported into Nigeria and will be the largest Rice Farm in Africa. Tariff on brown rice was 5% and white rice was 30%, due to abuse they were both raised to 30%. Government is actively protecting rice investors in the country. 14 large scale integrated rice mills have been set up.
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