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There are Various Reasons Why It’s Difficult for Nigeria to Produce all the Rice it Needs

High inflation and production costs, insecurity, policy uncertainty, and artificial scarcity caused by middlemen are some of them. Also, some consumers prefer the imported varieties. Another major reason is water scarcity. The soil for rice cultivation should ideally be slightly wet and this can be achieved by rainfall or irrigation. In parts of Nigeria there’s already a shortage of water for drinking, so people don’t use this precious resource on a thirsty crop. A possible solution to the problem is to use wastewater for irrigation. Around the world, the idea is growing that wastewater can be a resource rather than something to be discarded.

SOURCE: THE CONVERSATION