From: AgroNature Admin
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Tuesday disclosed that the country is awaiting the arrival of 14 new rice milling machines in the country.
The machines are expected to complement current milling capacity of the nation to increase local rice production.
The Minister who disclosed this during a 2-day conference on rice organised by AgroNigeria in Abuja noted that the country currently has 21 large integrated rice mills with a total processing capacity of 1.22 million metric tonnes annually.
Ogbeh, represented by the ministry’s Director of Rural Development, Mr. Musibau Abdul-Azeez however did not disclose exact period the milling machines will arrive the country.
His words: “There are presently 21 large integrated rice mills with a total processing capacity of 1.22 million metric tonnes yearly and spreading across the country, from Kano, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Anambra, Edo, Nasarawa, Benue, Kwara, Jigawa, Niger and Kogi states.
“The challenge associated with local rice, which has discouraged consumers, especially when compared to imported rice, has been overcome.
“Today, several integrated local rice mills have their milled rice in the Nigerian market and consumer demand and preference for local rice has risen due to better quality and taste compared to imported rice.
“Home-grown international grade rice can be found across Nigerian markets and a total of 14 mills will soon come on board.”