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.