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FG pledges support to rice millers

15 February 2016, 20:36Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, has assured millers and investors in the rice value chain of government’s support to ensure Nigeria becomes self sufficient in rice production.

This would enable the country export the commodity.

Speaking during an inspection of the multibillion-Naira AA Ibrahim Integrated Rice Mill Ltd at Challawa, Kano, he said huge potential for rice production existed in the country.

He said farmers could feed the country’s growing population and export to earn revenue.

He commended for investing N6 billion in the project, which he noted, was on the verge of completion.

Also Read:Strategies sought to boost Nigeria rice production

Ogbe pledged Federal Ministry of Agriculture would assist the company with a rice colour sorter to encourage its management.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje  meanwhile expressed his administration’s support.

“The state government is making efforts to provide conducive atmosphere and working relationship between the farmers and the management of processing complexes,” he said.

Managing Director of AA Ibrahim Integrated Rice Mill Ltd, Abdulkadir Aminu Ibrahim stated the factory was established to help in boost rice production in the country.

Production capacity is about 120 000 metric tonnes per annum.

The facility provides 1 200 direct and auxiliary jobs.

- CAJ News

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