Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG2000 Nigeria) has commended Achilafiya Women Rice Processors in Kazaure Local Government in Jigawa for proper maintenance of the processing plant installed over seven years ago.
The SG2000-Nigeria country programme started in March 1992, under an agreement signed with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (FMARNR) to work with federal and state agencies to raise agricultural productivity and improve food crop marketing.
The SG2000 Country Director, Prof. Sani Ahmed-Miko, commended the women group when he visited the rice milling plant at Achilafiya village on Wednesday.
The rice milling machine was donated to women in the area under the SG2000 intervention programme to assist them to generate income to improve their socio-economic status.
Ahmed-Miko, therefore, expressed satisfaction with the way the machine was being maintained by the women.
The country director, who said that the SG2000 team was in Jigawa in continuation of the media field tour organised by the organisation to assess its various intervention programmes, added that the group was happy that the milling machine installed in the village seven years ago was still in good shape.
He explained that SG2000 would send a team of officials to conduct feasibility study on the viability or otherwise of providing another machine in the area.
He said “you know survey was conducted before the installation of the machine. We would send people to conduct feasibility study on the viability of siting additional machine in the area.
“We have to know the amount of rice being produced in the area to determine whether to install another machine or not.
“This time around, we would not give you the machine free, you have to pay 20 per cent of the total cost as initial deposit, then you pay the balance of 80 per cent later.”
The Chairperson of the women group, Malama Laraba Hassan, said the women process one bag of unprocessed rice at the rate of between N400 and N500 in view of the high quality of its output.
She urged the organisation to support the association with loan to enable the group to diversify their business in view of the women’s commitment for self-reliance.