The Jigawa State Government says it has purchased 500 units of small scale rice mills to boost rice production.
The permanent secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Gambo Aliyu said a substantial number of the mills have been given out to empower youths in the state.
Mr Aliyu stated this in an interview with a team of Agriculture Correspondent in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.
Additional sized rice mills
“Government is also bringing 25 medium sized rice mills with a capacity of about 20 tons per day,’’ he said.
According to him, there are about 3-4 large scale rice mills in the state which are all targeted at making Jigawa the largest rice producing state in the country.
Mr Aliyu stressed that the state has the potential of cultivating about 411,000 hectares of dry season rice farms.
“The projection potentials for dry season rice farming in the state are 411,000, the government intends to build capacity to ensure full utilisation of these 411,000 hectares,” he explained.
He said with the combined efforts of the Nigerian and state government, Jigawa looks to cultivate 15,000 Hectares’ of wet season rice farms.
“We are estimating the cultivation of rice this season to be between 10-15 thousand hectares…With the Nigerian Government and the state’s efforts, we are looking at about 15,000 hectares of wet season rice farms and countless individual rice farmers”
He said with an average of 3.5 metric tons per hectare and combining both the output of the wet season of about 300,000 tons and that of the dry season of about 1.6 to 1.8 million tons, it would amount to over 2 million tons of rice.