All is now set for the formal commissioning of the Cross River State-owned 10-ton per hour ultra-modern rice mill located in Ogoja Local Government Area by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ben Ayade, governor of the state made the disclosure recently during the test run of the factory.
While appreciating the contractors for what he described as their diligent commitment to the project, Ayade said, “I have just watched the test operation and it is fully operational and the dream of having the Ogoja rice mill has come to birth.”
“We have just had a full test run, a pre-commissioning test run from the point of receiving the padding from the pad, through the pre-cleaning to parboiling stage to the preserving where it does the destoning, taking out the outer shell to the whitener and from where it goes further down the system to absorb the grading and making sure that the grain size is uniform and finally to the bagging line,” he said.
According to Ayade, the rice also goes through the vitaminization plant, which process has been tested at the pre-commissioning stage and is fully functional and operational.
Beaming with excitement, Ayade also hinted that “the mill is the first of its kind in Africa and I am particularly proud that we have this outstanding world-class vitaminzed rice mill in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River state.”
He said the establishment of the rice mill in Ogoja has the potential to make millionaires out of the young farmers from the area.
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