There are Four years more to make Nigeria a self- sufficient in rice production says UMZA farms boss (Alhaji Abubakar)The great hope of get going is revealed in the quote of boss of UMZA Farms and Umza Rice Mill, who is one of the producers of Rice Brand in Kano.
There is great surge in the rice production tempo, so the chances of being self sufficient for Nigeria are really great. He told this on 11th march 2014, while he was addressing journalists in his rice mill Kwanan Dawaki in Dawakin Kudu Local Govt. state Kano. There were heaps of rice and the journalists were surprised to see them. The honorable minister of agriculture and rural development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and State minister Mrs. Asabe Asmau Ahmed visited suddenly in the rice mill, when they were coming back from the public demonstration of two novel wheat varieties of Kano state.
These two new varieties are Reyna-28 and Norman Borlaug, which have great potential. As most of the country money is being draining out because of importing rice. If Nigerian would venture into rice milling to enhance their income and national rice milling capacity then they will be benefited and the target of self-sufficiency will be gained.
He also revealed the fact that his mill is producing at 75 percent installed capacity and also consist 100, 000 metric tons of paddy purchased from Kano Jigawa, Taraba, Alhaji Umar and Gombe etc which are working day and night. Till July this stock pile will end and new harvests from upcoming rain cultivation will start reaching. He also estimated the price value of his stock more than two billion naira, with the post mill value ability of double amount.
Company sent samples to NCRI in Badegi, Niger State for quality assurance and judgment of the nutritional value of his product. The boss even declared that native long rice grain is much better than Thai rice grain. Alhaji Abubakar called Nigerians to invest in the cereals and gain more profit.
There was a display of bags of imported rice from varied companies like Niger Republic, India, United States of America Thailand and journalists were given liberty to confirm the results from NCRI that how the imported Nigerian long grain rice is?
The Hon. Minister of Agric. Dr. Adesina gave the task of verifying the claim that Nigerian long grain is better than other grains. She also said that we, Nigerians should come out of the poverty with our own efforts and agriculture is the way to get out of poverty. She suggested that Nigerians should stop surviving on the mercy of less-endowed economies.