The Government of Benin Republic has granted 30,000 hectares of land to a Nigerian company, Labana Rice Mills, for the cultivation of rice in that country.
Alhaji Abdullahi Idris-Zuru, the General Manager of Labana Rice Mills, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.
He said that the company would in 2022, finance farmers in the country through the Benin Republic government, to produce 20,000 tonnes of paddy rice during the dry season.
Idris-Zuru said: “A total of 30,000 hectares of farmland are being made available in Benin Republic to Labana Rice Mills for the cultivation of rice.
“These resolutions were made during a joint meeting of the Beninous government officials with Labana Rice Mills’ delegation at Cotonou, the country’s capital, last weekend.
“The meeting with the Labana delegation led by the Chairman, Abubakar Abbah-Adamu, was chaired by Benin Republic’s Minister of Agriculture, Mr Gaston Dossouhoui.”
He said that the Beninouis government granted the farmland after the assessment of the company’s rice mills and farms in Kebbi, Nigeria.
“The report has convinced the government of Labana Rice Mills’ capacity to be a reliable partner in agriculture,” he added.
The general manager said that the company’s chairman, Abbah-Adamu, expressed gratitude for the trust and confidence, which the Benin government had in Labana Rice Mills as well as the government and people of Nigeria.