Naija Foodie Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (LAGOS AND KEBBI PARTNER TO PRODUCE ” LAKE RICE”)

The Lagos State Government said on Tuesday that it was putting finishing touches to the
production of ‘Lake Rice,’ which would be available in the market in the next six months.

Sanni Okanlawon, the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi
Ambode on Food Security, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the rice
paddy will be milled at Imota, Lagos.

He said that the state
government was collaborating with its Kebbi counterpart, to
ensure that quality rice emanated from the 2.5 metric tonne-capacity mill to boost food production in Lagos State.

“To boost food
production in the
state, we collaborated with the
Kebbi Government in
commodity value
chain production like
rice, wheat, groundnut, sorghum
and livestock.

We have started with
rice; Kebbi is the
largest producer of
rice paddy and we
have the capacity to
mill them at our 2.5
metric tonne-
capacity milling plant
in Imota.

In the next six months, we will have
Lagos-Kebbi rice in
the market, which
we have branded
‘Lake Rice’,”
Okanlawon said.
The special adviser said that the rice would have been available in the market by now, but delayed for some technical problems the milling plant had.

According to him, the challenge is being attended to and the
plant would be up and running soon.
Okanlawon said that the state government would soon add 20
metric tonnes per hour to the 2.5 metric tonnes Imota rice
milling plant.

“We are scaling our
2.5 metric tonnes to
22.5 metric tonnes;
an additional 20
metric tonnes per
hour will be
established very
soon. The 2.5 metric
tonnes mill had some
technical challenges
right now and it is
being fixed; the same Mexican contracting firm (San Carlos Ltd.) is also building the 20 metric tonnes for a start.

That is going to
attract other investors to come on
board, to make sure
that we do not
consume imported
rice in Lagos anymore,”
Okanlawon said.
He said that with the machinery put in place, the state would
soon become a net exporter of rice in Sub-Saharan Africa.

NAN reports that the Lagos State
Government had on March 23, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with the Kebbi Government to boost rice production.

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