PROMISES TO END RICE IMPORTATION
The Dangote Rice Outgrower Scheme in Jigawa State reached a turning point
yesterday when the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote laid a
foundation stone for the construction of a multi-billion Naira rice
processing mill in Hadin, Jigawa state.
The mill with capacity to process 16 metric tons of paddy rice per hour,
when completed will in a year process paddy rice worth N14 billion bought
directly from the famers in Jigawa at market rate.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in Hadin, Kaugama local
government area, Dangote said the commencement of the construction of the
integrated rice processing plant was the culmination of series of events
which began with the signing of a $1billion agreement with the federal
government for the integrated rice production in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara,Kano, Niger and Jigawa.
We have continued to pioneer new approaches to empowering our primary
stakeholders and our farmers, through the Dangote outgrowers programme
thereby creating thousands of jobs, increasing incomes poverty reduction
in rural communities by providing high quality agro-inputs, technical support and secured market for farmers. Also, creating access to finance,mechanization and irrigation services so as to enhance agricultural
productivity., he stated Recalling that the Dangote Rice limited started the outgrowers scheme in 2016 with thousands of hectares of land in Hadejia, Jigawa state,
creating over 10,000 jobs (direct and indirect) to farmers, the business
mogul said with the new ultra modern mill enough paddy rice will be grown
and harvested for processing.
According to him, the mill which will take only months for installation
and commissioning is the first in the series of five other mills coming up
in Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi and Niger States in the first phase, while
in the second phase, other mills will be built in Nasarawa, Kogi, and
Said he: When these planned six mills come fully on stream, we will
achieve a capacity of seven hundred thousand metric tons per annum of Par
boiled rice, which will make Dangote Rice the largest rice producer in
Africa and will make a bold step in making Nigeria self-sufficient in Rice
production, stop importation Nduka save the nation foreign exchange
Dangote stated further that towards co-creating value for all
stakeholders, the company has engaged about 20,000 out growers who are
expected to produce an average of 180,000 tons of paddy rice on about
30,000 hectares of land. We are focused on engaging in the region of
300,000 farmers in the next 12 months when our rice mills are all
functional and we achieve steady state.
We will continue to launch massive agricultural projects across the
country in rice and dairy farming. Our push for backward integration in
providing our own raw materials on a massive scale has led to the planned
investment of $4.6 billion over the next three years in sugar, rice and
dairy production alone. That will eliminate the countrys reliance on
imported materials, and the foreign exchange headaches that comes with
In his opening remarks, the Dangote Group Executive Director, Devakumar
Edwin explained that the Dangote Rice team has been involved in scaling up
the outgrower operations to a least 5,000 hectares this season and this
will very soon increase and grow to over 15,000 hectares cultivated per
cycle or season to fully optimise operations.
He said the establishment of a Multi-billion Naira state-of-the-art
integrated rice processing facility to process at least 260 metric tons of
rice paddy per day grown which is produced from thousands of local rice
out growers within Jigawa state is a giant step forward and expresses his
companys confidence and faith in local farmers to continuously stand with
Dangote to make this project a success.
Located on 25 hectares site in Hadin, Edwin noted that the mill is
earmarked to begin operations in the last quarter of 2018. During the