…constructs, equips N26m rice mill in Edo
Efforts by the Obaseki-led administration has led to a deal worth over N26 million with the Japanese Government. The donation will be invested in a new rice mill which will be located at Ugbekpe-Ekperi Community of Etsako Local Government Area.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta disclosed details of the deal to our reporter when he visited the Edo State Government House for the commissioning and hand-over ceremony.
Speaking to our news crew on ground Kikuta commended Obaseki’s effort towards reforming the agricultural sector in the state. Furthermore he praised the success recorded by farmers in State last year when they partnered with the government.
Kikuta said “the project, which is worth over N26 million (USD 85,523) will provide rice parboiling building, parboiling equipment, hauler, dehusker, destoner machine, soaking tanks, steaming tanks, a generator, and bagging machine, among others.
The use of the facilities will enhance the quality and marketability of milled rice in this community and nearby communities, thereby enhancing the income of rice farmers as well as fostering the social and economic development of these communities in particular and Edo State.”
He said the donation is among the Japanese Embassy’s grassroots grant assistance to increase the quality of rice production in Edo State, noting that the Japanese Government has also signed exchange of note for the project to increase the diagnostic capacity of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to fight against infectious diseases.
Representing the Edo State Governor during the visit was the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq. who reassured that the Obaseki-led administration will provide the needed assistance to ensure the success of the project.