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Nigeria Inaugurates 32mtph Lagos Rice Mill To Boost Country’s Planned Rice Revolution

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated a Lagos rice mill with a capacity of 32 tons per hour in Imota, Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb, saying the mill will support Nigeria’s rice revolution.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the Lagos Rice Mill, Imota, is a 2 x 16 ton per hour capacity mill and is located on 8.5 hectares of land.

The project has an annual rice requirement of over 240,000 tons to produce 2.5 million 5kg bags annually.

Rice mill

Mr. Buhari, who landed in Imota around 5:30 p.m., was given a brief tour of the factory accompanied by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos Senator Tokunbo Aberu; Corlenious Ojelabi, President of the Congress of All Progressives (APC), Lagos State and Ganiyu Solomon, President of the APC Campaign Committee, Lagos.

Other dignitaries accompanying the President were Agriculture Commissioner Abisola Olusanya; Special Advisor to the Governor on the Rice Initiative, Rotimi Fachola; NiDCOM President Abike Dabiri-Erewa and traditional referees Jimmy Benson and Grandpa Gbulahan Lawal.

The Governor introduced the rice project and took a quick look at how it is produced and packaged.

Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos stands ready to support Buhari’s rice revolution.

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Nigeria Inaugurates 32mtph Lagos Rice Mill To Boost Country’s Planned Rice Revolution

According to him, the Lagos Imota rice mill is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural revolution.

When he took office, he said Nigeria should grow what it eats and eat what it grows.

The Governor said; “We are happy that Lagos are the gatekeepers here. With 2.5 million 50kg bags of rice a year, Lagos is poised to support Nigeria’s rice and food revolution.”

“The two-unit rice mill will create approximately 250,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

“We would like to thank the local Imota communities in Ikorodu. Thank you all for patiently waiting.”

“Mr. President is really excited that we have mentioned it again for the first time in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.

Mrs. Olusanya also spoke up and said the mill will produce healthy rice for the people of Lagos at an affordable price.

Mr. Fashola also said the mill will clean, cook, dry, grade, pull, polish and pack the rice using a digital machine, automatic and the “state of the art” in the world.

Nigeria Inaugurates 32mtph Lagos Rice Mill To Boost Country’s Planned Rice Revolution

In his speech, the President of the All Nigeria Farmers Association (AFAN), Lagos State and South West Region, Femi Oke, commended the state government for the initiative.

Mr. Oke said farmers would continue to support the factory by providing more paddy fields.

Rafael Honsa, president of the Rice Growers Association of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, said the new rice mill will encourage farmers to produce more in the state.

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