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Thirteen states produced 36,943 metric tons of wheat in 2021: NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reports that 13 states produced 36,943.8 metric tons of wheat in 2021.

The figure is contained in “Wheat Production Survey in Nigeria, 2021”, and obtained from the NBS website on Monday in Abuja.

According to her, Kano State at 19.68% was the highest wheat produced producing 6,512.8 tonnes.

This was followed by Jigawa which produced 5,854.8 tons (17.69%), Kebbi 4,422 tons, while Zamfara with 672 tons accounted for the least (1.62%).

“However, in terms of average yield per hectare, Plateau recorded the maximum yield (3.8 tonnes/hectare).

“It was followed by Gombe (3.7 tons/hectare), Kano and Jigawa states with 2.8 tons per hectare each, while Kaduna had the least (2.7 tons/hectare).”

The report says the survey was conducted in Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara.

It covered the 2020/2021 agricultural season with the wheat yield per hectare estimated through crop cutting experience, while the total cropland area was estimated through satellite mapping.

He said that in determining the total cropland area, the NBS first built an artificial intelligence (AI) model that uses remote sensing satellite imagery to distinguish between wheat and non-wheat pixels. wheat.

This, he said, helps predict wheat acreage for different local government areas (LGAs).

The NBS said the objectives of carrying out the survey were to determine the yield per hectare of wheat, to determine the total wheat production in Nigeria and to determine the total land under wheat cultivation.

It would also help to estimate the area and yield of wheat crops in 2020 to 2021 and validate the predicted results with the data collected on the ground.

The survey was sponsored by the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), while Crop in Technology Solutions was contracted for the satellite mapping.

He added that representatives from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) served as advisers and technical support for the study.

(NOPE)