JIGAWA State government and host communities have thrown their weight behind the Dangote Rice project expected to be the largest in Africa and with prospects for creation of thousands of job opportunities.
The government and members of the communities pledged their support and cooperation to the successful take off of the project and its safety during a series of town hall sensitization meetings held with them by the management of the Dangote Rice Farming Limited and officials of the Jigawa state government.
In a move to dominate the world market in rice farming, President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said that there was no going back in his plan to invest heavily in rice farming in five states of the federation.
The communities expressed satisfaction and delight at the choice of their area for the project just as preparations commenced in the state which is one of the states, where the company, for a start, is cultivating 600 hectares of land for commercial rice farming by November.
Jigawa state government was excited at the Out-Grower part of the plan that would see Dangote Rice helping farmers with implements to cultivate and grow rice which would also be bought from them by Dangote rice, a project, the state government would complement its agenda of job creation and poverty reduction at the grassroots in the state.
Already, multi million dollars worth state of the arts equipment for the commencement of the rice project are expected in a location in Kafin Hausa local government area of Jigawa state for the project with potentials of thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities.
According to the farming plan released during a sensitization town hall meetings with some host communities in the local government, the Dangote Rice farming Limited, the rice project at Kaffin Hausa has a five year plan to achieve between 175,000 and 200, 000, hectares of rice grown twice a year.
Management of the company, led by Alhaji Mohammed Bello said the Dangote rice project has the objectives of becoming the leaders in rice farming in the world and also boost the Nigerian economy, encourage self sustainability and import substitution in rice.
He said the company was set to reduce importation of rice into Nigeria by investing to become the largest farming operations in the world by 2020 with excess of 150,000 hectares of land spread around three to five states.

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