Efforts by Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), to make the state a major player in rice production has received a major boost. This is just as the governor pledged to provide the needed assistance aimed at accessing loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enable local farmers to cultivate no fewer than 500-heacters of land in the state for rice production.
Akeredolu, who gave the hint during the week when the management of the Sunshine Rice Mill, led by its Managing Director, Mr. Akeem Alade, gave him update of the activities of the firm at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, assured farmers that nothing would hinder his administration’s plan to put the state in the league of mass rice producers.
The governor told the management of the Rice Mill to visit his office for necessary intervention in case the firm has issues with the CBN. “If you have problem with the CBN, you should let us know for necessary intervention,” he said, while promising to provide infrastructure, including roads and electricity, among others, to aid the activities of the firm.
According to the governor, the Sunshine Rice Mill, when completed, will not only add economic value to the state, but will also generate employments for the teaming youths in the 18 local government areas of the state.
The Sunshine Rice Mill is one of the numerous projects that the current Ondo State government is promoting in order to stop importation of rice in the country, as well as encourage local production for economic buoyancy.