Nigeria’s quest to upheave rice production has received a significant boost with the procurement of a rice destoning machine, by the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON).
President of ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, who presented the equipment alongside members of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Lagos, said that it was the association’s way of contributing its quota to the development of rice production in Nigeria.
Although the presentation was staged in Lagos, the equipment will be used to boost rice milling processes at ABCON’s sister farm in Katsina state.
Welcoming the incentive from ABCON, Chairman of AFAN, Lagos state chapter, Dr. Otunba Femi Oke expressed deep optimism for the agriculture sector, while also imploring private and public stakeholders to support the efforts of farmers.
Meanwhile, in another boost for the farming community, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has pledged its undiluted commitment towards supporting Nigerian farmers in achieving success in the agriculture sector.
Vice-Chancellor of the varsity, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe made the declaration when he met with the AFAN Chairman in Lagos.
Prof. Ogundipe assured that the institution would partner with AFAN in the production of rice in Lagos, as well as support the livestock subsector and build the capacity of its members across the state