Kebbi Govt. LASG establish rice mill in Lagos, says Gov. Bagudu


 Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi says the state government is currently establishing a rice mill in Lagos in collaboration with the Lagos State Government and some private investors.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor disclosed this on Monday at an interactive session with indigenes and students from Kebbi state at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
According to him, under this tripartite agreement, rice produced in Kebbi will be taken to the mill in Lagos for processing and marketing.
''These are some of the measures we have taken to solve the problems of good marketing of the commodity as well as curbing the menace of middlemen,'' he said.
According to him, rice farmers in the state are now ''smiling to the banks'' as a world-class module of the production of the commodity had bolstered their yields.
Bagudu further attributed the great agricultural feat to the Federal Government's Anchor Borrowers' Programme.
''Farmers who had invested about N 210,000 per person, per hectare, had gotten nothing less than N 800,000 in return.
''Rice millers from Ebonyi, Kano and other parts of the country are now trooping to Kebbi in search of the commodity massively produced by our people.
''We will also do the same for other crops, as agriculture holds the key to revamping Nigeria's ailing, oil-dependent economy,'' the governor said.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, who was the chairman of the occasion, commended the governor for the gesture.
''This is the first time in the history of the institution that we are hosting any governor in this capacity.
''This bold move has the potential of boosting the socio-economic development of the state, and that of Nigeria in general,'' he said. (

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