Wacot Rice Mill Argungu Commences industrial production of fortified Rice 

From Olanrewaju Lawal Birnin Kebbi
Following the commencement of the fortification of its premium Big Bull brand and the official launch of the flagship fortified rice in Nigeria, Wacot Rice Mill has commenced industrial production of fortified Big Bull rice. 
  Wacot Rice Mill’s COO,,Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr Jayant Chantrastekar Jagtop disclosed this in a press statement by the company.
According to Mr Jayant, the company target to produce about 10,000 bags of fortified rice in 10kg, 25kg and 50kg SKUs over a period of three weeks.
 He however stated that the fortified rice produced at this stage would be sold to institution buyers for use in social safety net programmes, especially school feeding programmes first in Kebbi State.
He said the fortified rice would be sold at the same prevailing market price of its unfortified rice brand without the cost of fortification.
 This, according to Mr Jayant, is a part of the company’s social responsibility to the good people of Kebbi State and Nigeria in general.
Mr Jayant stated that the company needed no persuasion to invest in equipment to produce fortified rice considering the rising cases of malnutrition in the country especially that of micronutrient deficiency as expressly highlighted in the recently released Food Consumption and Micronutrient Survey led by the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
He appreciated the excellent and productive collaboration with and support of GAIN and WFP as well as the Kebbi State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Dr Nasir Idris Kaura Gwandu in achieving this great feat. He also appreciated the efforts of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), NAFDAC and Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in guiding the company through the journey.
  He encouraged other rice mills in the country to emulate Wacot Rice Mill in producing fortified rice rich in Iron, Zinc, folic acid, Vitamins B12,  B1, B3 and B6.

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