Local Processing Has Boosted Rice Farming In Nigeria – Millers

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By: JABIRU A.  HASSAN, Kano

The executive officers  Small-scale and Medium Rice  Millers  Association  Kano  State branch has said  that domestic rice processing has encouraged  farmers in  boosting  rice  production in Nigeria.

They made this known in an inteview with our correspondent in Kano , adding that rice production has now become a profitable  farming occupation in this  country  especially when the present administration is gradually upgrading the  agricultural sector at all levels.

The state chairman of the aaaociation,  Alhaji  Abubakar  Muhammad announced that small and medium scale millers are trying to show that domestic rice is also  qualitative and valuable  enough to compete with others if  processed and milled  to meet the international standards  which is one of their objectives.

He stated that rice millers contribute greatly towards the progress of rice production because every practicing farmer knows that whatever quantity he produces  will be safer for storage after processing and milling which is another development to  rice growers.

Alhaji Abubakar therefore,  solicited the assistance from all hands in  order to  develop their milling industries especially from the federal ministry of agriculture, the bank of industry and the  bank of agriculture because small and medium millers are in need of an assistance  for their utmost contribution to economic progress of Nigeria in general.

In his remarks, the assistant secretary of the association Malam  Liman Muhammad said that they have over ten thousands members in their association who are working  day and night to see that things are going successfully in rice processing in kano and other locations, adding that the association has a full database of all their members and would continnue to register more.

Similarly, the treasurer of the association, Alhaji Dahiru Sa’idu Gidado disclosed that  the Kano  state branch of Small  and Medium  Scale  Millers  Association  is using what it generates  from the members in managing it’s activities since the establishment of the Association.

He called on both the state and federal governments to assist rice millers for profitable  rice production.

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