The Kebbi State Government has launched fortified rice produced in partnership with WACOT Rice Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.
The launch was held at Abuja Intercontinental Hotel following the successful fortified rice pilot under the Promoting Rice Fortification in Nigeria (PRiFN) project.
At the event attended by government officials, including the Deputy Governor Kebbi State, Umar Abubakar, the Managing Director of WACOT Rice, Neeraj Kumar, affirmed the company’s commitment to producing quality and nutritious rice to meet Nigeria’s needs.
He said, “The successful pilot of the rice fortification project is a significant stride towards a healthier, stronger Nigeria. We are immensely proud to have played a central role in this initiative to bring fortified rice to Nigerians.”
The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Umar Abubakar, reaffirmed the commitment to forging strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the fortification value chain.
The Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP), David Stevenson, commended Nigeria’s expansive Home-Grown School Feeding program, targeting up to ten million children.
He added that Fortifying rice within this initiative, led by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, is essential to unlocking children’s full potential.