Food security: Firm targets 1.5M tons of rice in Nigeria

One of the largest automated rice milling units in Nigeria, Popular Farms and Mills Limited in Kano State says it is targeting the processing of 1.50 million tons of Paddy Rice per annum to enhance food security and sustainability in the country.

The National Programme Manager of  the company Suleiman Umar disclosed this in Kano state at the foundation laying ceremony for rice mill expansion and Sesame Processing Unit for which the company has invested about N8 billion.

According to Umar, the company has an installed milling capacity of 430,000 metric tons per annum and projected a capacity 44,000 tons.

“Our plan is to spearhead and lead the Nigerian rice revolution and self-sufficiency in Rice production in the country”,.

“We are achieving this through free Technical and business skills training to rice out grower and cooperatives, as well as empowering women and youths in the rice value chain, said the National Programme Manager.

“The company is leveraging on the policy impetus provided by the Federal Government through its green alternative Agricultural Agenda, this has enable us to have upgraded our Local rice milling capacity to 430,000 metric tons per annum”.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Audu Ogbeh, commended the company for its huge investments meant to boost the country’s economy through creating employment opportunity for Nigerians.

The ban on rice has really achieved its desired goal where the massive rice production in the country has made us to start exporting such produced to other part of the world.”

The Representative of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Hassan Tom said the efforts of the company by complementing the Federal Government efforts has contributed in reducing the importation and smuggling of foreign rice to the country.

“The reduction of the importation of rice would also contribute to the reduction of the present high rate of dollars in the country,” he said.

Nigeria recently over took Egypt as the lagest Rice producer in Africa.

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