Modular rice mills, boost to SMEs –NIDO Asia boss
The President of Nigerians in the Diaspora (Asia Group), Prof. Emenike Ejiogu has described the introduction of the modular rice milling machine into the nation’s market as “a blessing to the rice value chain and a boost to the small scale sector of the economy. “
Prof. Ejiogu stated this in his opening remarks at the seminar and awareness programme on the rice value chain organised recently by NIDO in collaboration with their Asian partners, Mirai Denchi Inc, Ino Inc and Kanryu Industry for stakeholders in Lagos.
Speaking at the event, which major highlight was the introduction of a compact modular rice milling machine info the market and demonstration of its usage to rice farmers, millers, sellers, businessmen and the media, Ejiogu said the Kanryu rice husking and milling machine was specifically made for the African market and targeted at the small scale farmers and rice millers.
“The modular rice mill is small and compact. It is also rugged and durable. Its technology is easy and can be operated by one person. It has a capacity to produce five tons of rice pet day. And it is affordable. This model by Kanryu Industry, our Japanese partners, was developed in conformity with SON and NAFDAC standards, Its coming into the Nigerian market will add value to the government policy on local rice production, create employment and boost SMEs,” Ejiogu said.
After the demonstration of the usage of the machine by NIDO officials and the manufacturer’s representatives, stakeholders at the event commended NIDO for the initiative, describing it as a positive development for the rice value chain.
According to Mr. Shakin Agbayewa, deputy chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (Lagos State), the coming of the modular rice mill is timely and good for farmers.
“The rice milling machine will help us as a cottage industry. It is particularly good for small scale entrepreneurs. It will boost local rice production in line with the current government policy. As farmers, we are calling on government and banks to support us in terms of funding to purchase the machines,” he said.
For Mr. Bola Jimson, CEO, Afritrade, a rice processing firm, the rice milling machine is highly impressive. “With this development, we have no business with imported rice again. Very soon, Nigeria will get there,” he stated.