The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had started constructing Nigeria’s biggest rice mill, which it said, has the capacity to produce at least 16 metric tonnes per hour and 10,000 metric tonnes per annum.
When completed by December 2017, the state government said the rice mill would significantly help the state to actualise its strategic food security plan and was designed to end hunger.
The Special Adviser on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni-Okanlawon said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had awarded the contract for the construction of the rice mill with the capacity to produce 16 metric tonnes per hour, though acknowledged that the state currently has the capacity to produce 2.5 metric tonnes.
He explained that the new rice mill was part of the government’s plan to increase food supply, end the vicious trend of food shortage and equally ensure food security across the state.
The Vice-Chairman, South-West Zone of the Agriculture and Allied
Employees’ Union of Nigeria, Blessing Oladele, has asked the Federal Government to heed the warning given by Nigeria Meteorological Agency that the country may experience food scarcity due to low rainfall in 2015. The Punch reports.
On Wednesday, August 19, Oladele stated that the low rainfall
experienced in the South-West and North, known to be agriculture zones, called for serious concern.
He said: “The states in the South-West, particularly Ekiti, have
very low rainfall this year and it has started manifesting. So, our
governments must invest in our dams, so that we can have irrigation
projects that can respond to this kind of situation. My task is
to ensure that agriculture is repositioned in the South-West, and we
shall achieve that. I am encouraging members of all the unions,
including the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, to
invest in farming and we are receiving warm reception.Fayose’s stomach infrastructure policy has become a brand and we have to embrace it. The only alternative to our economic survival now is farming, which is food production, and we have to live by that reality.”
Oladele urged the federal government to seek alternative means of water supply to boost food production by investing hugely in irrigation projects across the country.