Japanese Government has donated a rice mill worth over N26 million to Edo State Government as part of efforts to facilitate rice production and improve livelihood in the state.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta, said this while addressing journalists in Benin after a courtesy visit to the Secretary to Edo Government, Mr Osarodion Ogie, at Government House in Benin on Tuesday.
Mr Kikuta who lauded the efforts of Obaseki-led administration in the agricultural sector noted that the visit was to inform the governor of the commissioning and hand over of the Japanese project to the state.
He said the Japanese Government Rice Mill project was constructed at Ugbekpe-Ekperi Community of Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state, which would enhance farmers’ income and foster socio-economic development of communities in the state.
The ambassador revealed that the project, worth over N26 million included the provision of rice parboiling building, parboiling equipment, haulier, husker, soaking tanks, steaming tanks, a generator, and bagging machine, among others.
He added that the Japanese Government had also signed an exchange of note for the project to increase the diagnostic capacity of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to fight against infectious diseases.