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By Abba Anwar, Kano
26 February 2017

Rice cultivationIn fulfillment of the Federal Government’s policy of boosting rice production in Kano State, the BUA Rice Ltd, a subsidiary of BUA Group, is partnering the state branch of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), to actualise the dream.
The Group Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, of the company, Kabiru Rabi’u said it remains committed to the government’s resolve to reduce the nation’s dependence on imported rice by boosting local capacity to produce, process and package.
According to him, the partnership would support the rice farmers to take advantage of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor-Borrowers Scheme, adding that BUA will provide end-to-end support to the value chain in ensuring that its milling facilities are being utilised optimally.
“Currently, BUA’s rice mill, which was supplied by Satake Japanese Technology, is the largest rice mill in Nigeria, with a total processing capacity of about 200,000 metric tonnes per annum,” he said.
Rabiu emphasised that they needed to encourage dry season rice farming, assuring the chairmen of the rice farmers association across the 44 local governments, that farmers would enjoy the partnership, as it would do everything possible to see that good price is given to farmers, apart from fertiliser supply, inputs and other implements.
Chairman of RIFAN, Abubakar Ali, assured the company of their commitment and dedication to any agreement reached.He revealed that Kano had over 500,000 rice farmers with over 40,000 of them, fully registered with the association, assuring that the initiative will see to the improved yields, as well as, reduce wastage currently being experienced due to insufficient processing and storage facilities.
https://guardian.ng/features/agro-care/bua-group-partners-kano-farmers-to-boost-local-rice-production/

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