President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said Nigeria will start exporting Rice in five years from now. He said this during the Commissioning of of Olam Nigeria’s 105,000 Metric Tonnes Integrated Rice Processing Mill in Nasarawa State & foreign investor covering a land area of 10,000 hectares in Ondorie-Rukubi area of Doma in Nasarawa State, and reputed it as Africa’s largest rice farm.
The farm also have a airstrip constructed to land light aircrafts used in the planting and spraying of chemicals on the fully irrigated and precision-leveled commercial farm.
The mill has the capacity to process 210,000 metric tones of rice per annum.
President Jonathan, who was flanked by the minister of Agriculture, Professor Akinwumi Adesina, and Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as well as the management of the farm, led by Mr. Regi George
President Jonathan promised the full federal government’s support through various ways which also includes designating the farm as “a staple food processing zone”
He gave directives to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and other allied ministries to jointly ensure its immediate takeoff.
He disclosed this at the commissioning of Olam Farm in Doma Local Government of Nassarawa State, saying “we cannot justify the huge amount of rice we import each year. We have huge potential to produce rice locally, and we are committed to reducing the food importation bill to the barest minimum.”
Governor Al-Makura whose government provided the institutional support for the take off of the investment, said the government “has fast-tracked, facilitated and eased the process of land acquisition for OLAM Farms and other investors.”
This will increase the economy of the country in a better way and provide the employment opportunities to the Nigerians .Currently 1,440 persons are employing from the local communities, look outside the state for skills and expertise not available locally.
Praising the Nigerian Rice President Jonathan said that they want their rice at the global market as their rice is of best quality as compare to the rice they are importing from other countries of the world as the confidently compete the other rice.
OLAM uses the 60 percent of the locally grown content and 40 percent from outside to process the rice at their plant.