According to the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), the federal government’s clear interest in agricultural sector development has indeed yielded result, in which the government has approved the setting up of 10 new rice mills across the country as one of its strategy in improving agriculture through the value chain.
In Kebbi alone, under the anchor borrower scheme, FG had injected N60bn from 2015 to date and currently, there are many newly established small rice mills with not less than N2bn capital in Kebbi. Due to the effort of the government to unlock the vast potentials of the agricultural value chain in Nigeria, the German Government, with support from the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation provided 2m Euros for implementation of the second phase of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in the country.
The first phase of CARI ended in 2015, and CARI 2 is being implemented in Kebbi, Kaduna and Jigawa states to achieve its objective through the use of the Multi-Action Partnership (MAP).
The project would be focused on business linkages in the rice sector to ensure that the producers were well connected with the markets, processors, rice millers, aggravators and input dealers. The aim is to help smallholder farmers to increase their income and the country with high-quality rice.