Rice Production: Cameroon Projects 10% Increase in Five Years

Rice production in Cameroon may witness a ten per cent increase from 4.5 tons per hectare to at least 6 tons per hectare, yearly.

This is amongst ambitions of the Rice Value Chain Development Project (RVCDP) of Cameroon launched this September 13, 2023 in Yaounde.

The project to run for five years, also has as objective, upping the annual production of milled rice to 750.000 tons by 2030.

The Coordinator of the Project, Gregory Muluh Nguh, explains that the project cuts across the North West, West and Far North Regions.

He adds that the project will also create about 253,000 jobs thanks to the production chain.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Gabriel Mbairobe added his voice to that of the Coordinator to say that the RVCDP will also lead to creation of social amenities like roads, schools, health centres and construction of potable water points.

Minister Gabriel Mbairobe added that farmers will also be trained to manage the farms.

About the Rice Production Project

The Rice Value Chain Development Project aims at boosting rice production in Cameroon.

It will be operationalised in the Ndop plain, Mbaw / Mbonso plain, Bafut / Tingoh valley in the North West Region; Bangourain and Santchou in the West Region; and the Maga Basin in the Far North Region.

The total cost of the project stands at about 122 billion, 600 million (122,600,000,000) CFAF, shared across seven financial partners including the Government of Cameroon and Islamic Development Bank.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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