By Rabiu Sani
Maiduguri, Feb. 2, 2018 (NAN) Rice farmers at Zabarmari neighborhood in Jere Local Government Area of Borno have known as on the state authorities to supply them with fashionable mills to speed up paddy rice manufacturing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Zabarmari is among the farming communities liberated by the navy from the Boko Haram insurgents.
About 5,000 farmers cultivated hundreds of hectares of farmlands producing over one million tonnes of grains like rice, maize and sorghum by rain-fed and irrigation actions.
A cross part of the farmers stated that provision of contemporary mills would increase meals manufacturing within the liberated areas and enhance their financial standing.
Alhaji Adawa Wakil stated that they at present depend on native millers to course of their produce.
Wakil stated that the introduction of contemporary processing applied sciences would enable for higher use of the bumper harvest this season.
“Application of modern processing technologies will add value to the produce and encourage production,” he stated.
Wakil added that such applied sciences would additionally lower price of manufacturing and result in cut back costs.
Another farmer, Bashir Usman, defined that there have been over 200 native mill operators within the space, who used steel pots and grinding machines for rice processing.
Usman stated that the excessive price of processing was inflicting a heavy drain of their pockets and push costs up.
A mill operator, Musa Muhammad, stated that he run a neighborhood mill with a 10 tonnes day by day manufacturing capability.
Muhammad described the commerce as profitable, explaining that he costs between N200 and N250 per 50-kilogramme bag for processing.
Malam Hassan Muhammad, the Chairman, Rice Processors and Sellers Association, disclosed that the farmers want entry street to open the world and ease motion of produce to the market.
“It is difficult to move the produce to the market due to lack of road. We relied on ox-cart for transportation. This also affected patronage,” he stated.