Firm sets up rice milling plant in Imo to boost production in S/East

Diva World Trading Services, brand owners of Diva Rice and other food-related products, has set up a rice milling plant in Mgbidi, in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State.

The 30-ton digital rice mill, first of its kind in the state, will help make the country sufficient in rice production, as well as create jobs, Ifeyinwa Nnanna Mba, chief executive officer (CEO) of the firm, says.

Mba, who said she has been in rice business for many years, disclosed that she decided to set up the mill in the South-East region to boost rice production in the zone.

She noted that with the coming of Diva Rice Mill, rice farmers within the South-East will have available market forecast for their rice paddies.

“We have been into rice business since 2019 when the President stopped the importation of rice into the country. We started rice milling in Benue State.

“So, last year, 2020, I thought of setting up my own digital mill, because the other one was rented and it wasn’t digital. So, I decided to come home to set up a mill, which would commence production soon.

“We have completed the first stage of the project, which consists of the mill and administrative building,” she said.

She also revealed that the firm has started sourcing paddies in readiness for commencement of operations, which is expected to kick-start before the end of the second quarter of (2021), this year.

“Our mill is a 30-ton milling factory, which gives us 25,000kg of rice daily. It has five tons daily, a digital boiler and a rice dryer.

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