Rice Production: Ambode To Create Additional 200,000 Jobs

The administration of Lagos State Government currently led by Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has concluded plans to create additional 200,000 jobs in the state with the acquisition of 32 metric tonnes per hour rice mill. The development would also ensure adequate supply of the stable food in the state and beyond.

To achieve this, the state government alsosaid that it had already partnered Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States to ensure that adequate rice paddy “is supplied to the 32 metric tonnes per hour rice mill and boost rice production in the country.”

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the 2017 World Food Day on Monday, disclosed that 1,140 residents would benefit from various farming enterprises designed to boost their productive capacities in line with the state’s food security objective. The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said the rice mill would lead the creation of no fewer than 200,000 jobs in the state at the time full operation begins.

According to him, the rice mill would ensure sustainable supply of wholesome rice at affordable price to the populace in Lagos, noting that the acquisition of the rice mill would help to reduce rice importation into the market. To guarantee the adequate supply of harvest rice to the rice mill, the governor noted that the state government had already partnered five South-west states – Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States in the area of rice production.

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