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Jonathan Commissions 105,000 MT Integrated Rice Mill In Nasarawa

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President Goodluck Jonathan today
commissioned Olam Nigeria Limited’s 105,000
metric tonnes integrated rice mill at Rukubi
village, Doma Local Government Area of
Nasarawa State.
Jonathan, who expressed happiness at being
part of the revolution in the Nigerian rice
industry said being the largest economy in
Africa (in terms of GDP) is not enough for
Nigeria, but the country must work towards
becoming the largest food producer on the
continent.
“Nigeria must be self-sufficient in food
production,” Jonathan added.

The president noted that rice production was
scaling up in the country as evident in the
increase in the number of integrated rice mills
from one to 18 in the past three years.
He urged Nigerians to start appreciating locally
made rice, which he noted was more nutritious
and healthier than imported rice. “It is only the
Nigerian rice that is served in the State House,”
Jonathan added.

“I look forward to the day when Nigeria rice
will go beyond our shores and traded
internationally,” the president said, adding that
with the growth achieved thus far, it is a
possible feat for the country to achieve.
Jonathan promised to always support public-
private partnership aimed at developing the
country’s agricultural sector as part of effort to
help the country achieve its developmental
goals.
Olam’s Managing Director for Africa and Middle
East, Venkataramani Srivathsan said the mill
characterises three important aspects; “It
demonstrates how large-scale commercial
farms can work hand in hand with
smallholders to help advance Nigeria’s
Agricultural Transformation Agenda, generating
rural prosperity through local processing.”
He added that the mill also speaks volume of
Nigeria’s ability to grow high quality, nutritious
rice that can enhance domestic food security
by providing an alternative to imports.
Agricultural Minister, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said
the country’s rice policy will turn it away from
being a rice importing country to a major rice
exporter.
“The investment by Olam in a commercial rice
farm and integrated rice mill will help boost
domestic production and milling of
international quality grade rice in Nigeria,” said
Adesina.

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