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Business News of Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Source: thenationonlineng.net

Sorghum production dips in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s sorghum production has suffered a mixed record in the last five years, data have shown.

Sorghum is one of the staple foods in most sub-Saharan countries, including Nigeria.

The decreasing trend of sorghum production is expected to continue with increasing insecurity in the Northeast.

Data by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and others place United States (U.S.) as the largest producer of sorghum, with 12.2million metric tons.

According to Statista Research Service, at second, Nigeria ‘s yearly production is estimated at 6.94million metric tons.

In 2020/2021, Statista Research Service said the U.S. was the largest producer of sorghum worldwide, producing about 11.4 million metric tons of sorghum. That year, it noted that Nigeria produced about five million metric tons.

Analysts noted that given its vast arable land, Nigeria should be able to produce an estimated 13.5million tons yearly.

Besides, Index box report, maintained that though global sorghum production grew by five per cent last year, boosted by growing supplies to China, countries with the highest volumes of production were the United States’ 8.4million metric tons, Nigeria’s 6.5 million metric tons and Ethiopia’s 5.6million metric tons, comprising 35 per cent of global production.

From 2012 to 2020, it noted that the biggest increases were in Ethiopia, while sorghum production for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

From 2014 to 2018, Africa sorghum has recorded mixed results.

In 2014, it was 29,298,430 metric tons; 26,099,806 metric tons in 2015;30,429,664 metric tons in 2016,27,383,733 meric tons In 2017 and29,782,406 metric tons in 2018.

In 2018, Nigeria recorded 6,862,343tonnes in sorghum production. It has remained the largest producer in Africa followed by Sudan, Ethiopia and Niger with 4,953,000, 4,932,408and 2,100,190tonnes respectively.

Last year, the Federal Government and stakeholders, brainstormed on how to up-scale sorghum production.

At the stakeholders meeting with theme ‘Streamlining Existing Sorghum Varieties, Commercialisation and Product Development of Sorghum in Nigeria’ held in Bauchi State, participants expressed optimism that an inclusive strategy will go a long way to strengthen the sorghum value chain towards increased productivity in tackling the threats of food scarcity.

They called for the strengthening of the sorghum policy to increase the productivity and small, medium and large- scale participation in commercial production using improved high yielding varieties and hybrids.

The forum also supported accelerated sorghum production and value addition towards self-sufficiency to meet industrial requirements as well as boost farmers’ income and generate employment in the country. The initiative is a collaborative effort with all stakeholders.”