Tuesday, 12 July 2016

How Argungu Women Make Money From Rice Chaff

By Ismail Adebayo
Birnin Kebbi — Not many would have imagined that there is money in gathering rice chaff at the mills. It is generally considered a waste product that litters the mills and their surroundings.

However, some smart women in Argungu, Kebbi State have turned rice chaff gathering into a money-spinning business and they are smiling to the bank. Some of the women have been in the business for as long as 16 years. Buyers of the chaff include cement factories, cattle breeders and others who find it useful for one purpose or the other.

Speaking to Daily Trust on Sunday, Halima Audu, who claimed she started the business about 17 years ago, said "shortly after I started, I realized that there was so much money in it. I then brought some of my friends to join me and we are all happy today doing the business. It is a good and profitable venture but many people are into it now."

She however admitted that there are times when the chaff is difficult to find because of high demand at the mills. "Previously, I used to sell as many as 20 to 25 bags a day but now I could hardly sell 10 bags. Things are really tough for us now. Our profit margin is very low compared to what we used to make in the past. We are also experiencing difficulties in the business due to the high number of people who have come into it."

Source- Daily Trust

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