|Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina|
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said the Federal Government will establish two rice mills in Ekiti State as parts of its efforts to stop the huge amount wasted on the importation of the commodity.
The minister said this through a director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the state, Mr. Dipo Kolade, at a workshop organised for rice farmers by his ministry in collaboration with the Ekiti State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday by the state Ministry of Agriculture, the minister was quoted as saying each of the proposed rice mills would have the capacity to process 10 tonnes of rice per hour.
The planned mills, according to him, are part of the efforts aimed boosting rice production in the state with a view to enhancing food security in the entire country.
Adesina said the state was blessed with good soil and climate conducive to growing rice, and urged the farmers to invest more in rice production and produce more to enable the planned mills operate at full capacities.