Imota Rice Mill, Dangote Fertiliser Plant to be Commissioned by End of Q1

The multi-billion naira 32-metric tonne-per-hour Imota Rice Mill pioneered by the Lagos State Government will be commissioned by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

The state government made this disclosure through the state’s Ministry of Agriculture in a series of tweets on its official Twitter page – @lagosagric1.

State Commissioner of Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya had recently paid an inspection visit to the soon-to-be-completed rice facility, the tweet divulged.

Olusanya was accompanied by top officials in the ministry to inspect the facility and obtain information on the mill’s power project.

The tweet read, “The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya along with her colleague from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote were on an inspection tour of the nearly completed 32 metric tonne/ hour Imota Rice Mill to see the level of work done and discuss the power project in the mill.

“They were in the company of the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya; the Senior Special Assistant to Mr. Governor on Agriculture, Mr. Gbolabo Olaniwun and other officials of the Ministry.

“The Mill is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of the first quarter of 2021,” it added.

In the same vein, Dangote Urea Fertiliser Plant, located in the Lekki area of Lagos State, is reportedly set to commence full operations in the first quarter of the year.

According to the Group Executive Director, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Dakumar Edwin, the company is currently conducting the soil mapping process.

Due to the varying soil conditions in various regions, the soils need to be tested; with the fertilisers customised to suit the conditions, he explained.

“What we are now trying to do is customize the fertilizer, as soil condition in Kaduna is different from the soil condition in other states. This is because the climatic condition is different and the crop could be corn, maize, rice or sugar.

“So each crop and each type of soil requires a slightly different type of materials, so what we are trying to do is we are trying to analyze all the soil we are doing the soil mapping process, and then we are trying to make customised,” he stated.


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