Sassakawa Partners Kano Govt, Establishes 15 Rice Processing Centres

Sassakawa Africa Association (SAA), in collaboration with Kano State Agro-pastoral Development Project, (KSADP), has established 15 small-scale rice processing centres in the state.

Sadik Hamman, KSADP/SAA Programme Officer, Nutrition – Sensitive Agriculture, disclosed this during a media field day visit to Karfi, Kura Local Government Area of the state.

The officer noted that Sassakawa Africa Association was in partnership with KSADP to implement the crop enhancement component of the project, funded by IsDB and Lives and Livelihoods Funds, LLF.

Hamman said that Media Field Day was organized by SAA/KSADP to assess the activities of the project and the impact made so far among the beneficiaries.

He explained that the interventions were to enhance cultivation, processing, packaging, and marketing opportunities for the rice value chain.

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According to him, the processing centres are equipped with rice milling and destoning machines, to ease the difficulties faced by women processors, who have to travel long distances to mill paddy rice.

Hamman said that the programme planned to establish other rice mills before the end of the year.

A beneficiary, Malam Dan’Asabe Karfi, said that the project had improved his business. “Before the project, it was difficult for me to make any profit and often ran into losses due to the poor output quality.

“With the intervention, I can now produce 20 bags as against five to six,” he explained.

Another resident, Musa Ali, commended SAA for lifting the members of his community out of poverty through its intervention.

He explained that the gesture had also transformed his life by improving his earnings.

Ali promised to make the best use of the machines and also pledged to share the knowledge with others.

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