The Ivorian government has announced " that there will be no shortage of rice in Côte d'Ivoire ". The information was given on Sunday, April 26, 2020, by the Ivorian Minister for the Promotion of Rice Cultivation, Gaoussou Touré (photo), during the daily press conference on coronavirus disease.
Speaking on the government's strategy to deal with this situation, Gaoussou Touré said that " the implementation of the Emergency Rice Program will allow the production of an additional 500,000 tonnes of milled rice, and will provide a concrete response to the harmful effects of Covid-19 on the sector ”.
Regarding the sector, the Minister also said that " the 2020 Emergency Rice Program (PUR) which has been developed will, among other things, support rice farmers by mechanizing the development of the areas retained , to support rice farmers by providing health kits and inputs (certified high-yield seeds, fertilizers, phytosanitary products) ” .
The country is one of the main consumers of rice in sub-Saharan Africa with more than 2 million tonnes consumed per year.
According to data from the National Rice Development Office (ONDR), national rice production in 2017, for paddy rice, is estimated at 2,118,610 tonnes, while that of milled rice is 1,355 911 tonnes.
According to the institution, the volume of rice imported in 2017 was 1,342,027 tonnes.
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