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FG to import 100 rice mills

06 November 2012, 14:10

Abuja - The Federal Government has revealed plans to import 100 large-scale mills to boost rice production in the country.

Akinwunmi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, while speaking at the National Agricultural Commodity Chain Development seminar, organised by the Ilorin-based Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), said the initiative was part of government’s commitment to meet its target of making the country self-sufficient in rice production by 2015.

“These rice mills, not owned by government, owned by a private sector, would put in place the capacity of 2.1 million tonnes,” he said. “That means that the rice value chain in Nigeria will for the first time in our nations’ history, make us to have full industrial capacity, be internationally competitive and can export to the rest of West Africa.”

He said that 13 new rice mills with the total capacity of 240,000 tonnes, all owned by the private sector, have been created in the last 12 months.

In his remarks, the Executive Director of ARMTI, Samuel Afolayan, said that the institute had embarked on a study on the prevailing situation in selected agricultural commodity value chains.

He stressed that the aim was to provide, through its findings, “a veritable launching-point for a knowledge-based take-off of the commodity value chain development in Nigeria”.

According to him, the value chain development involves partnership, relationship, trust, commitment and governance, to ensure the sustainability of agri-business.

 “These could be achieved through cost reduction, higher quality of products, more social responsibility and new ways of coordinating activities in agriculture,” he said.

Afolayan also said he was optimistic that the outcome of the programme would yield the desired results, especially in the progress of the ATA.



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