In another effort to boost local rice production, a new 288 metric tonnes per day capacity Amarawa rice mill has been inaugurated in Kano State.
Consequently, the inauguration of the facility will further translate to a reduction in prices of the commodity in the market.
During his official visit to Kano State recently, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) inaugurated the new state-of-the-art Amarava rice mill factory located at Amarawa Village, in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Owned and operated by Amarava Agro Processors Limited, a subsidiary of Fullmark Group.
Speaking during the inauguration of the factory, President Buhari commended the management of Fullmark Group for its effort, saying it was in line with the agricultural revolution of his government to reduce importation of rice by encouraging local farmers and investors.
President Buhari noted that investment in rice mills would encourage and boost the confidence of the local rice farmers, a right step in the right direction in moving Nigeria closer to complete independence from importation of rice and improve food security across the country.
He explained that, “Nigeria’s continued dependence on rice importation has put a strain on the economy as well as the nation’s food flow as a substantial amount of our foreign exchange goes into rice importation yearly. With this mill in operation, Nigeria would continue to progress towards food self-sufficiency.”
Also speaking at the inauguration of the factory, the Chairman of Fullmark Group, Mr. Sriram Venkateswaran, revealed that the entire idea of the project was conceived, designed, manufactured, executed from start-to-finish in Kano State.
Explaining the production capacity of the factory, Sriram disclosed that Amarava Agro Processors Limited had the capacity to produce up to 288 metric tonnes of top quality parboiled rice per day when operating in full capacity.
While commenting on the quality of rice produced from the mill, Sriram said: “Our rice is best in class in terms of quality, which is comparable to the best available anywhere in the world and is often compared to Thai rice.”
He further revealed that beyond being the first made in Nigeria rice mill facility, the Amarava Agro Processors Limited Rice Mill is the first to be fully equipped with the capacity to convert waste to energy.
“We use the steam from the mill to drive steam turbines which generates about 500 KVA of electricity which is used in powering the factory and this is why we say that at Amarava, we believe in producing more and conserving more” he added.
Sriram then commended President Buhari- led government for its sustained efforts in empowering farmers and enriching the nation through well thought-out agricultural developmental policies.
He assured the president that the company would continue to support the effort of government to enhance and stabilise food production in the country.
In his own remarks at the occasion, the Governor of Kano State, AlhajiAbdullahi Umar Ganduje, also expressed delight over the new rice mill, applauding the management of the company for locating and selecting Kano for such a strategic agriculture project.
“It is very laudable for Amarava Agro Processors Limited to have picked the Amarawa Village, in Gezawa Local Government Area for this project. This shows that the company places high importance on social development as well as industrial growth,” the governor said.
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