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Govt, firms, to feed Nigerians more rice



The Federal Government has signed an agreement with Flourtech of India and Alvan Blanch, UK to acquire and install 10 integrated rice mills across the country.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made this known at the agreement’s signing at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.

Dr. Adesina said the deal with Flourtech Engineering PVT, India, is to engineer, procure and construct 10 rice processing plants under EPC contract, while that of Alvan Blanch was on the establishment of 25 Grain Aggregation Centres (GACs).

He said the rice mills would be owned and managed by the private sector, adding that several states have provided land for the establishment of the proposed rice mills with full certificate of occupancy (CO) and commercial rice farms to be established to produce and supply rice paddy.

He said: “The capacity of each of the rice mills is 36,000 tonnes per annum, with the processing capacity of the 10 integrated rice mills totaling 360,000 tonnes.”

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