Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has commenced production of parboiled rice to meet the demand of both the university community as well as the general public.
Kano Focus reports that the federal government’s ban on rice importation and subsequent closure of land borders have triggered installations of numerous rice mills across the country, hence boosting massive production of home-grown rice.
In an exclusive interview with Kano Focus, head of Agricultural Economics and Extension at BUK, Ali Abdullahi said the university’s rice mill has a capacity of processing one ton of paddy per day. He said recently, they had produced 500 bags of rice in three days for a local contractor.
Mr Abdullahi added that by January, 2020 the rice would be available at the open markets, as the current production rate has surpassed the consumption level of the university community.
According to him, the department has trained hundreds of youths from Kano and Kogi states on rice value chain.
This initiative, he said, may likely end the gap between ‘gown and town’ where academic research and project were being kept in university to the detriment of larger society.
Bayero University’s department of Agricultural Economics and Extension is among the first three Pioneer departments at the Faculty of Agriculture which was established in August ,2001.
The department teaches courses and carries out research work in agricultural economics and extension especially as it relates to sustainable and profitable Agriculture in the Sudano-Sahelian ecological region