As part of activities marking his official visit to Kano State, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), at the weekend inaugurated a new state-of-the-art 288 metric tonnes per day capacity Amarawa Rice Mill located at Amarawa Village, in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
This is in fulfillment of what could be best described as a major boost to local rice production in the country’s quest to attain self-sufficiency in rice production and reduce importation of the commodity to the barest minimum by the Federal Government.
Owned and operated by Amarava Agro Processors Limited, a subsidiary of Fullmark Group, the new factory is the first made in Nigeria Rice Mill with all fabrications and installations of the factory made in Kano with almost 100 percent local content.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his remarks during the inauguration of the factory, commended the management of Fullmark Group for its effort, which he noted is in line with the agricultural revolution of his government to reduce importation of rice by encouraging local farmers and investors.
The President noted that investment in Rice Mills would encourage and boost the confidence of the local rice farmers and a right step in the right direction in moving Nigeria closer to complete independent from importation of rice and improve food security across the country.
“Nigeria’s continued dependence on rice importation has put a strain on the economy as well as the nation’s food flow as a substantial amount of our foreign exchange goes into rice importation yearly. With this mill in operation, Nigeria would continue to progress towards food self-sufficiency”, he explained
Mr. Sriram Venkateswaran, the chairman of Fullmark Group, also speaking at the inauguration of the factory, revealed that the entire idea of the project was conceived, designed, manufactured, executed from start-to-finish in Kano, Nigeria.
Venkateswaran, while explaining the production capacity of the factory, disclosed that Amarava Agro Processors Limited has the capacity to produce up to 288 metric tonnes of top quality per-boiled rice per day when operating in full capacity but its currently producing 250 metric tonnes per day.
“Our rice is best in class in terms of quality which is comparable to the best available anywhere in the world and is often compared to Thai Rice”, he said
He further revealed that beyond being the first made in Nigeria Rice Mill facility, the Amarava Agro Processors Limited Rice Mill is the first to be fully equipped with the capacity to convert waste to energy.