Niger Embarks On Rice Revolution

Niger State has the historical account of being one of the highest
producers of rice in the country leveraging on the flood plain of
river along Niger south centered in Bida fertile for rice production
of both dry and wet season farming.

Consequently, the present government of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello
has strengthened the drive for agro investment focusing on rice
production through value chain initiative . it has started yielding
result as the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello commissioned a
multi-million dollar Integrated Rice Processing and Milling Complex
constructed by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Bida,
recently.

The Rice mill is expected to begin production of 1.5 metric tones
daily the KOICA’s Country Director, Mrs Sook Hyun Park disclosed that
the project has the capacity of processing 1.5 tones of rice per hour
(1.5t/h) with parboiling, drying, sorting and packaging facilities and
can be increased to 3.0t/h.

LEADERSHIP Weekend Findings revealed that the arrangement for the
mill was through a tripartite agreement between Niger State
Government, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and
Republic of Korea. It is expected that, the mill will generate over
ten thousand direct and indirect jobs, when it comes fully on stream

The production from the rice mill has started showing the brand in the
,arket in the state and will be expected to flood the markets in
Nigeria as a 25kg bag of the rice is selling lower than N8,000 .

If this is done, it will make rice produce the cheapest in the
country even as the mill will generate over ten thousand direct and
indirect jobs. The commissioner of Agriculture Alhaji Kabiru Abass had
told Journalists that some states that are not even producing rice as
much as Niger state are taking the glory of the most rice producing
state.

Consequently he stated that the state government is taken strategic
action plan to ensure that the farmers are encourage too more by
providing them inputs like fertilizers, already N3 billion is earmark
for that while another N2.5 billion is earmark using various credit
facilities to buy excess of this produce for buffer stock in order not
to allow middlemen to cause inflation of prices
Smart Meters Controversy : JED Says Their Meters Are Tested By NIMSA
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, JOS
Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) PLC at the weekend denied
allegations by Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA)
that its Smart meters did not pass through routine test and have no
seal of the regulating agency.
Managing director of JED, Alhaji Mohammed Modibo, stated this in a
chat with Journalists in Jos, the state capital.
According to him, JED meters are well calibrated;” It is not true that
our meter is not certified, we are going to resolve this impasse
with the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA)
WHILE carrying all stakeholders along.

“We are willing to go to Kaduna with stakeholders so that the meter
would be retested again in their presence”
He however said JED has suspended the installation of the smart
meters pending when the impasse is settled
The MD also went further to show newsmen copies of the certified
copies of the smart meters and evidence of payment from the certified
agency.
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalled that due to myriad of complaints and
petitions trailing the installation of new smart meters by Jos
Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), Nigeria Electricity
Management Services Agency (NEMSA) yesterday order JEDC to stop
further installation of the smart meters that have not passed through
routine test and have no seal of the required agency. LEADERSHIPNEWS.M

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