(Source: http://www.fao.org/giews/countrybrief

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts Nigeria's 2019 paddy rice production at 8 million tons, down about 10% from an estimated 8.899 million tons in 2018.

The rainy season began in February/March in the South and in May/June in the North. Cumulative precipitations were well above-average in most areas, leading to improved vegetation conditions and crop prospects.

The 2019 rice crop is at the maturity stage, according to the FAO.

Domestic demand for imported rice remains strong despite trade restrictions introduced in 2015 by the Government of Nigeria. The country is the largest rice producer and importer in Africa. Nigeria imports about 2.6 million tons of rice annually. 

The FAO forecasts 2018-19 (November - December) cereal imports (including rice) at above-average 2.8 million tons, as traders are keen on replenishing their stocks.