Price hike looms as rice millers cease operations in Kano over paddy scarcity
The Northern Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA) says rice millers are shutting down operations in the commercial city of Kano due to the scarcity of paddy.
Dalhatu Abubakar, the chamber’s chairman, told journalists on Monday, that the paddy scarcity would cause an increase in the price of finished rice.
He said unless necessary action is taken to avert food insecurity in the coming weeks, the scarcity would persist as the major raw material for production is finished.
Also the chair of Al-Hamsad Integrated Rice Mill, Abubakar said several millers have cut down production from 24 to 12 hours, while laying off factory workers.
He called for the intervention of the federal and state governments in the area of mechanisation to assist farmers with the needed input that would enable all-year-round production.
“Today hundreds of millers, both the integrated and small scale, are in a serious dilemma and finding it extremely difficult to break even. It is difficult to sustain production now because of the scarcity of paddy,” Abubakar said.
“As I speak, I know many millers that have completely closed their factories.
“Those that are yet to close, because they still have limited paddy in their reserve, cannot operate 24 hours. Like me, I have reduced my production to 12 hours because I don’t have paddy. By implication, several workers will be rendered jobless.
“Where ever you see paddy now, you buy it at an exorbitant price and you will still be compelled to face the high cost of fuel, pay tax, and electricity bill. How many factories would survive this hard economy? The only hard way now is, the cost of finished rice, which Nigerians will soon face.”
Abubakar added that a larger percentage of integrated rice millers in Kano are presently sourcing paddy at an exorbitant price running to N400,000 per tonne.https://www.thecable.ng/price-hike-looms-as-rice-millers-cease-operations-in-kano-over-paddy-scarcity
Published Date: August 15, 2023