FGN & Kano State Govt Partner To Establish N6B Rice Processing Plant

By Abubakar Haruna Muhammad -The Nigerian Voice, Kano

Kano State government and the federal ministry of agriculture has pledged partnership and support for a N6 billion rice processing investment in the State.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was in Kano for a program on agriculture, has assured that the Federal government would support millers and investors in the rice value chain to ensure that Nigeria becomes self sufficient in rice production and even export.

He said huge potential for rice production exists in the country which he said can feed its growing population and export to earn revenue.

The Minister, who made the assertion during an inspection of A.A. Ibrahim Integrated Rice Mill Ltd., at Challawa Kano noted that the rice millers help in reducing poverty among small holder farmers by assisting them to grow from subsistence to commercial production.

He therefore commended the management of A.A. Ibrahim Integrated Rice Mill Ltd. for investing N6 billion in the project, which he noted, is on the verge of completion, promising that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture would assist the company with a rice color sorter to encourage its management.

Chief Ogbeh also expressed satisfaction with the company’s zeal to create jobs for Nigerians and disclosed plans by his Ministry to assist rice farmers across the country to harvest the commodity and sort it without leaving behind sand particles.

In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said to encourage agricultural production and avoid wastages of farm produce.