A Kano-based rice milling firm, Amarava Rice Mill, has announced its preparedness to double its production capacity by September, in a bid to boost Nigeria’s rice self-sufficiency.
This is contained in a press release signed by Mr Olamide Abimbola, a consultant to Amarava Rice Mill, a sister company to Fullmark Group in Lagos.
According to the statement, the mill, which was ready to increase its capacity by 100 per cent to 500 metric tonnes of rice daily, was established in 2017 and commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Sriram Venkateswaran, Chairman of Fullmark Group, stated that the drive to boost capacity is geared toward promoting government diversification effort, reducing independence on the importation of rice and improving food security.
“Currently, we produce 250 metric tonnes of rice per day, and with the coming expansion of our millers, we are set to double this capacity. This serves as positive reinforcement for our local rice farmers because they will increase hectares used for rice cultivation.
“Not only that, we are engaging more farmers who will be directly involved in the cultivation process, thereby boosting the agricultural productivity of the Nigerian economy,” he said.
He noted that the expansion of the mill beyond its current capacity was bound to generate more jobs both directly and indirectly across the country.
According to him, Nigeria is on the journey to attain its true status of the ‘food basket of Africa’.
Venkateswaran urged government at all levels and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to continue to give support to the agricultural revolution underway with more funding for agricultural investors, and by instituting enabling policies for local farming.