As per information available from the local sources, it has been indicated that Chinese investors are to establish an integrated rice mill in AkwaIbom State to boost rice production. In this regard, the Chairman, Heilongjiang Hegang Sanjiang Plain Rice Group, Heilongjiang, China, Mr. Wang Jingxin stated this when the delegation visited the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Nathan Matthew Ekaette, in Uyo, the state capital.
Further, while, accompanied by the Consular-General of Nigerian Embassy in China, Ambassador Ali Ocheni, the Trade Commissioner in the Embassy, Mr. A. Agboluaje, Jingxin spoke of plans to set up a rice research institute too in the state. It was narrated that they were in the state to scout for investment opportunities in the rice value chain. To start this project, it was informed that the company is embarking on a pilot production on 500 hectares of farmland and thereafter expands to 10,000 hectares.