Malam Ibrahim Gezawa, A prominent community leader
in Gezawa Local Government of Kano State, said the recently inaugurated
Fullmark Rice Mill made by President Muhammadu Buhari in Amarawa had provided
job opportunities to many youths, who would have constituted nuisance to the
President Buhari had said during the inauguration that investment in rice mills would boost the confidence of local rice farmers and described the initiative as a move in the right direction that could take Nigeria closer to complete independence in the importation of rice and improved food security.
He lauded the Chairman of Fullmark Group, Mr. Sriram Venkateswaran, for his foresight in establishing the factory, adding that it would inspire rice farmers in the state to produce in large quantities.
Gezawa, who spoke with newsmen in Kano, however, called on youths in the local government to rally round the managers of the factory by contributing positively, and not to engage in any act capable of denting the image of the company.
The company, owned and operated by Amarava Agro Processors Limited, is a subsidiary of Fullmark Group. The Chairman of Fullmark Group, Venkateswaran, said the idea of the project was conceived and executed from start-to-finish in Kano, Nigeria.
He said that Amarava Agro Processors Limited had the capacity to produce up to 288 metric tonnes of top quality parboiled rice per day when operating in full capacity.
He said it was currently producing 250 metric tonnes of rice per day. While commenting on the quality of rice produced from the mill.
“Our rice is the best in terms of quality, which is comparable to the best available anywhere in the world and is often compared to Thai rice.”
Beyond being the first made-in-Nigeria rice mill facility, the Amarava Agro Processors Limited Rice Mill is the first to be fully equipped with the capacity to convert waste to energy, according to the company’s chairman.