The Chairman of Dangote Rice Limited, Aliko Dangote, is confident that the newly signed agreement of the Rice Growers Scheme in Sokoto State, will create 16,000 jobs for farmers.
Dangote disclosed this at the signing of the Rice Growers Scheme agreement with state government and farmers in Goronyo, Goronyo Local government, in the presence of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
He revealed that the scheme would not only create jobs but also improve the lives of smallholder farmers while ensuring food security in Nigeria.
“Dangote Rice outgrowers scheme is committed to creating significant number of jobs, increasing the incomes of smallholders farmers and ensuring food security in the country by providing high quality seeds, fertilizer and agro-chemicals as well as technical assistance on best agriculture practices to farmers”, he said.
He however stated that the main intention behind the scheme was as a result of the huge foreign exchange losses on rice importation, as well as the federal government’s interest in reviving the agric sector. He promised that the scheme would revive the economy.