Rice is a staple food in many countries of Africa and constitutes a major part of the diet in many others. During the past three decades the crop has seen consistent increases in demand and its growing importance is evident in the strategic food security planning policies of many countries. Africa's inability to reach self-sufficiency in rice is the result of several major constraints in the rice industry which require urgent redress to stem the trend of over-reliance on imports and to satisfy the increasing demand for rice in areas where the potential of local production resources is exploited at very low levels.
Proper utilization of natural resources and high yield strategies ensure improved production levels as well as sustainability. Properly selected fertilizers making up for deficits and therefore maximizing output.