Read This Before You Start Rice Farming in Nigeria


Rice is one of the most popular food in the world, also in Nigeria, starting rice farming in Nigeria currently, especially, during this moment when the federal government have ban the importation of foreign rice in to the county is good and profitable business for you. But, it is very important to start your rice farming business in a properly with good and accurate plan that will increase your chances of success.

If you want to start rice farming in Nigeria, make sure you read this article before you start anything, this informative article will explain everything you need to know and what you need to do before starting rice farming in Nigeria.


Rice Farming in Nigeria: Guide On How To Start


Write A Business Plan

Business plan is very important for all business including rice farming business, you need to write a profitable business plan.

You need an accurate planning and
feasibility study, business plan is complete guide on the steps to take when to take it to make your business vision achievable, a good business plan will take good care of the all important aspect of your new business like location, marketing, recruitment, funding and more.

Aside from help your business to grow, business plan is one of the key requirements that you can use to access business loan from commerical banks and other financial institution.

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Business Registration

Immediately after you have written your business plan, you need to register your business with the right government agencies.


Funding is very important before you can start any business including rice farming business, you need to prepare your capital first before anything else.

There are numerous platforms that are created by the Nigerian government to provide loan for agriculture businesses, you can also take a loan from commerical banks in Nigeria, or ask your family and friends to invest in your idea.


Most business owners especially in Nigeria don’t take recruitment process serious, that is why they fail, Don’t be like them. You need to hire skillful and experienced individuals to work with you, take your time to search for the best wormers, because it plays major rules in your business success.

Farm Location

Location is one of the most important factors to consider before starting a rice farming in Nigeria, currently

According to rice farmer you can plant your rice in an ecological states in Nigeria, where rice is grown traditionally such as Kebbi, Benue, Ekiti, Jigawa, Ogun, Kaduna, Kano, and other states in Nigeria.

Land Preparing

You need to clear your farmland, apply manure, if it is necessary, make sure you go for land with a lot of water capacities, like swampy or loamy soil that contains all the necessary organic matter.


Plant A Quality Seed

Good seed bring good harvest, I’m very sure you don’t want to plant the wrong seed. There are numerous rice seeds that is good for different areas like deep water, lowland, upland, mangrove swamp and other.

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Make sure you plant the rice seed that powerful to resist pest and other.

Water Management

Rice is very sensitive to water shortages and the process of water maintenance is completely different depends on your ecological area.

So you need to maintain the water level in the field up to at least 5cm one week immediately after transplanting until grain matures.

Control Weed And Pest

You can make use of the numerous chemicals that is manufactured to get ride of pest in your farmland, likewise weeding, you can uproot your rice farm weed manually or use weed killer chemicals to get ride of them.


Fertilizer Application

Fertilizer is very important for your rice growth, there are several methods of applying fertilizer into plants, including rice, make sure you apply fertilizer at the right time.



After 105 – 150 days of planting, depending on the rice seed variety you planted, your rice can be harvested.

Make sure that the rice are already turning yellow or brown, then you cutting, stacking, handling, threshing, cleaning, and hauling.

Most rice harvesting in Nigeria are done manually or mechanically.

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