The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, is exploring the possibility of working with the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture to encourage local production for processing at the NDDC Rice Mill, Elele-Alimini.
The NDDC Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Christy Atako, disclosed this while expressing her displeasure with the non-utilisation of the NDDC Rice Mill during an inspection of the facility.
Expressing her determination to ensure achievement of the purpose for which the NDDC rice mill was established, the Acting Managing Director said, “We are going to work with the Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture to see what can be done to put the rice mill to use.”
She noted that since farming is one of the major occupations of the Niger Delta people, farmers will be very excited to have a project like this available to them. She said, “Truly, we will do everything we can to make our farmers benefit from the NDDC rice mill by partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture to encourage massive cultivation of rice.”
According to the NDDC Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr.GodpowerAmadi, the mill has a capacity to process 180 tonnes of rice daily, which is equal to 3,600 bags of 50 kilogramme each.