Lagos acquires 32 tonnes per hour rice mill from Switzerland

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
on Friday in Zurich, Switzerland led a team of
the State Executive Committee members to
sign an agreement with Bühler AG (“Bühler”), a
leading rice-mill producer in the world, for the
acquisition of a 32 tonnes per hour Rice Mill.
The Governor, who spoke shortly after the
signing ceremony, said the development was
in furtherance of his vision of enhancing food
security and creating employment in the State.
It is estimated that the partnership would
facilitate the creation of about 200,000 jobs
across the agriculture value chain, while it
would also bring about the cultivation of
32,000 hectares of farm land to produce rice
paddy, equating to an estimated 130million Kg
of processed rice per year (an equivalent of
2.6milion 50kg bags of rice).
Speaking further, Governor Ambode said the
landmark event also provides the platform for
the State to partner with other South West
States in consonance with the region’s resolve
towards achieving economic integration.
The Governor emphasized that the partnership
with Buhler was in sync with his
administration’s economic agenda of
diversification of the nation’s economy and
conservation of foreign currency reserve.
“The state of the art rice mill will be sited in
Imota, Ikorodu and it requires 32,000 hectares
of land for cultivation of rice paddy. This
investment is expected to create thousands of
jobs in rice value chain. In addition to the
current arrangement with Kebbi State, Lagos
would go into partnership with neighboring
states, to ensure sustainable inputs for the
mill and foster regional economic integration,”
Governor Ambode said.
According to the agreement, the partnership
with Buhler covers supplies and installation of
the rice mill, including silos. It also covers
maintenance and technical support as well as
technical training of Nigerians in the ever
growing sub-sector of the Nigerian economy.
The rice mill will be the single largest mill of
its kind in Nigeria and is expected to be
delivered within twelve months.
Aside Governor Ambode, other members of
the State’s delegation included the
Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi
Ashade; Special Adviser to the Governor on
Overseas Affairs & Investment, Professor
Ademola Abass; Commissioner for Agriculture,
Hon Suarau Oluwatoyin; and the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr
Olayiwole Onasanya.

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