Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:59 pm
Here is some piece of good news out of Nigeria: The Wheat Farmers Association in Kano state is set to establish a flour milling company in Kano, Chairman of the association in the state, Alhaji Faruk Rabiu has said.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Saturday that already, the Federal Government has approved the project.
He said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, conveyed Federal Government’s approval to the association when he visited the state during the 41st National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development Meeting.
He explained that the Federal Government would provide the Standard Compact Floor Milling Machine to the association at a subsidised cost of N50 million.
According to him, the state has promised to give the association N50 million interest-free loan, to enable it pay for the machine.
“The Federal Government procured the machine at the cost of N100 million but will give us at subsidised rate of 50 per cent”, he said.
He said the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh had promised to deliver the machine in Kano next week.
“The Minister has promised us that the machine will be brought to Kano next week.
“As soon as it arrives, we shall commence the process of installing, as well as test running it”, Rabi’u said.
The chairman said the decision to establish the factory was informed by the desire and of the association to boost wheat production in the state.
“We will take the excess commodity to the flour mill factory and when the flour is produced, we take same to the market “, he said.