Rice is one of the most popular staple foods consumed by Nigerians. It is not only a daily meal for families but commonly served in ceremonies like; birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, child dedication, burial ceremony etc. Given the foregoing, it would be sacrilegious to not have locally grown Nigerian Rice.
Typically, the rice eaten in Nigeria comes from either of two sources. It could either be imported or locally grown.
However, the imported rice has been a more popular option over the years because of its price, and availability and presumed quality, despite it being overly polished compared to our locally grown rice.
By August, 2019 when the Federal government of Nigeria restricted the importation of foreign rice; a lot of Nigerians had no choice but to start eating locally produced rice; since the price of its foreign counterpart skyrocketed.
With many complaints from different quarters regarding the quality of our locally produced rice, CobraReview was forced to research on the various rice brands produced in Nigeria and discovered that there are local rice brands which are clean, stone-free and can compete with the foreign ones.
Below is a list of 6 good brands of Nigerian rice which we discovered:
- Mama’s Pride
Mama’s Pride is a product of OLAM Nigeria Limited.
OLAM has local manufacturing plants in Nigeria and also a superb rice farm located in Nasarawa state that covers a large expanse of about 10,000 acres of land. Rice farmed from the land is supplied to its own rice mill for production and distribution within states of the country.
Its low price comes from its popularity as one of the leading manufacturers of rice that has its operations in local communities in Nigeria. This brand of rice is certified to have high nutrition value and very healthy to be consumed by the family.
OLAM also parboils their rice, making it very easy to cook, saving the household fuel and the environment from harmful gas emissions. Its rice is without stones and sand, thus, the assurance of a safe and happy meal is guaranteed.
- Anambra Rice
Anambra Rice is a new brand of rice that is being produced and packaged in Anambra state. It is a brand that has sprung up in the state because of the government intervention and provision of loans to individuals willing to go into rice production. Adequate support is also given to entrepreneurs aiming to invest in rice production.
The Anambra Rice brand has been certified safe and of good quality by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
The rice is stone free, well polished, doubled sortexed, easy cook and long grain. It received the Award of Best Rice Brand in Africa 2016.
- Abakaliki Rice
Abakaliki rice is blessed with so many nutritional values, which is gotten from the salinity in the land of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state. Apart from its nutritional value, Abakaliki rice is naturally salted for good taste.
Abakaliki Rice is absolutely husk and stone-free, with a great taste to boot.
Unarguably, the popularity of Abakaliki Rice has continued to grow, thanks to the recent ban on the importation of rice by the Federal Government as well as the earlier ban on the sale of foreign rice by Ebonyi State government. These decisions by both FG and Ebonyi State government have immensely contributed towards making Abakaliki rice a household name in Nigeria. Ebonyi has also done well by rebranding the rice to an acceptable standard, which is why many Nigerians now prefer it to foreign rice.
- Lake Rice
Lake is an acronym from Lagos (LA) and Kebbi (KE), a partnership signed between the two states to produce affordable, well-milled local rice on a commercial scale for public consumption. The LAKE Rice project began in 2016. The bilateral initiative, which is projected to capture 70 percent of Nigeria’s rice market share, was targeted at taking advantage of the economies of scale of Kebbi State in rice production and the readily-available market in Lagos State.
Lagos State Government is currently taking delivery of LAKE Rice, in preparation for Christmas celebration and promised its availability in designated locations in the state.
- Ofada Rice
Ofada rice is another locally grown produce that is packaged in Ogun state in the Southwest region of the country. Some other states also grow the Ofada rice species.
Ofada rice which is named after Ofada town in Ogun state, is a type of rice that gives an average Nigerian the opportunity to eat rice anytime any day.
Although Ofada rice comes with a characteristic smell, it is highly nutritious and has its unique taste. Many people find pleasure in consuming this rice, particularly when served with its signature stew, spiced with locust beans (iru). It is sold as an exotic meal in many restaurants and fast-food joints; even the elite cannot resist it.
- Coscharis premium rice
Coscharis rice is a hygienically fertilized and cultured rice grains processed by in house bio-experts into 100% Sortexed long grain parboiled rice for mass-market supply and consumption.
The farm which is located in Anambra state is currently expanding to produce massively to be able to meet up with the increased demand in response to the rice importation restrictions by the Federal Government.
Our locally grown rice tastes good and is highly nutritious. There is room for improvement though, but it will depend on our continuous patronage and promotion of the Nigerian brands.
So, the next time you go shopping, demand for any of these local Nigerian rice brands.