By Abdallah el-Kurebe
A rice milling firm has debuted in Sokoto with the managing director of the company, Alhaji Nura Attajiri saying that Nigeria was blessed with fertile land capable of producing all types of crops, including rice and therefore had no reason to import rice.
Attajiri said this during the inauguration of the N30 million mill, which has the capacity of milling 1,250 kilograms of rice per hour in Sokoto on Friday.
According him, “There is no need for Nigeria to import food, especially rice, as such more efforts should be put in to encourage more Nigerians to produce more food.”
He called on the general public to patronize the mill as well as provision of a plot of land by the state government at one of the industrial areas in Sokoto and a dedicated transformer.
Commending Attajiri, governor Aliyu Wamakko, represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Arzika Tureta disclosed that the firm received grant of N30 million in two installments of N20 and N10 million from the state government out of the N3 billion loans disbursed to farmers and agro-investors in the state.
The Commissioner for Commerce, Alhaji Aliyu Achida who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed commended Wamakko for implementing programmes that boost food security.
“I must also commend the state government for its sustained support to the company.”