Border closure: Dahiru Mangal builds N20bn worth of rice mill in Katsina
The chairman of Max Air, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal, is building a rice mill, worth over N20billion in Katsina State.
The Darma Rice Mill project, embarked upon by Alhaji Mangal, is divided into two phases and would be completed by the first quarter of 2020.
It is aimed at assisting the country to meet the domestic demand for high quality parboiled rice and attain self-sufficiency in rice production.
Speaking with selected journalists during a visit to the factory, the project manager, Mr Mukhtar Kafinsoli, noted that with a production capacity of 36 tonnes per hour in two production lines, the rice mill would be the largest in Africa.
According to him, the second line of the mill comprises of silos and raw materials store. He said the plan was to have four capacities, but they are starting with two at the moment.
“We intended to have four capacities, starting with two. We will start the second batch immediately after completing the ongoing project. The project will be completed by March 2020,” Kafinsoli said.
Similarly, the managing director of the rice mill, Dr Dahiru Mangal, said that over 2,000 direct staff would be employed, along with over 200 expatriates who are going to train indigenous members of staff.
He revealed that the rice mill would have a conventional storage facility of 12,000 metric tonnes of rice worth N20 billion. Mangal added that a fertiliser plant would equally be built to help increase rice yield.
He said, “The mill will be designed and built by Indians due to their expertise in the business. We will give maximum support for the project to be achieved. A storey building will be built for members of staff, which will serve as their quarters. It will have the capacity to accommodate 130 members of staff. Also, a staff quarters that will accommodate over 200 expatriates, with canteens, will be built.”