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
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
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