The Lagos State Government has said the integrated rice mill in Imota, in the Ikorodu Local Government Area, will on completion produce 2.4 million bags of polished rice annually.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, disclosed this on Wednesday at an Ofada Day Rice Symposium to commemorate the 2021 World Food Day in Lagos.
Olusanya who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Hakeem Adeniji, said the state was making efforts to produce Ofada rice to international standard.
She said, “The Lagos State government’s 32 metric tonnes per hour capacity integrated rice mill at Imota, in Ikorodu Local Government Area – the biggest in Nigeria and in West Africa – is nearing completion and at full capacity will produce 2,400,000 bags of 50 kilogramme polished parboiled rice from about 200,000 metric tonnes of paddy rice annually. It is expected that no fewer than 250,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created along the rice value chain.”
Olusanya added that the state had upgraded the processing and packaging of Ofada rice to put it on the global map.