Installations and testing of the agricultural machineries at the rice milling complex in Bida, Niger state are underway following the arrival of 13 Korean experts and technicians in the country.

Construction of the rice milling complex, which is being undertaken by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), aims to establish a “Modern Integrated Rice Processing and Milling Complex” in Niger state.

The experts, who arrived last month, would spend one month for the work, which is going to be the final stage before the complex kick-starts operation.

“The scope of the project includes the construction of a centre equipped with modern equipments/machineries for the efficient processing and milling of fine quality rice for Niger state and the Nigerian populace in general.

“The outcome of the centre is to make life easier on the local farmers as well as to ensure the local production of high quality processed rice resulting in higher income for farmers, KOICA said in a statement.

There will also be capacity building exercise for Nigerian government officials together with experts in areas of post harvest processing of rice through Korea’s experience and knowledge in the field, added KOICA.

It explained that after the initial hiccups for the take off of the project, the construction was re-launched in 2014 by the Korean Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO), which by April 2015, completed the works.