The women rice processors group in Bunkure Local Government Area of Kano State has said that with adequate support and patronage from government and the general public, they can compete with other mega rice mills in the country in terms of quality milled rice production.
Leader of the group, Hajiya Daboyi Ado, stated this when Sasakawa Africa and other agricultural development stakeholders visited the Bunkure Kofar Gari women rice processing and marketing site during a field tour to Sasakawa intervention sites in Kano state.
She said with the intervention received from Sasakawa Africa in terms of rice milling machines operating training and providing the association with the milling machines, clustering, modern rice processing techniques among other necessities in effective rice processing, the women rice processing association has recorded tremendous achievement in high quality milled rice delivery to Nigerian markets.
The leader added that the group has been registered and has started packaging in small quantity which they supplied to the market. She further revealed that, what they currently need is greater support from other sectors to boost their production capacity to meet the market demand of their product.
“As you can see, our qualitative milled rice can compete with any milled rice produced by the mega millers. What we need is additional support to complement what Sasakawa Africa has done to us by providing us with the machine which we are paying in installments and also with the technical skills.
“We are ready to make use of such additional support that will enable us effectively compete with any rice milling outlet in the country,” she said.
The Sasakawa Executive Director, Fumuko Iseki, revealed that she was in Kano to see the level of Sasakawa’s intervention in enhancing the livelihood of the farmers and also to see areas where Sasakawa will do more in its support towards food security in the nation.
She added that, Sasakawa will continue to intervene in the agricultural sector value chain to enhance productivity and income generation of the common farmer.