RICE MILLING IN AMAGU COMMUNITY OF EBONYI STATE: HEALTH AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS

C O Okoye, C O Irem

Abstract


Although Rice is the most economically important food crop in the world, its milling is always characterized with environmental and socio-economic problems. Convinced that Abakaliki Rice Mill was contributing to environmental degradation in Abakaliki Capital City, Ebonyi State Government in 2009, ordered for its relocation. This study, therefore, examined the economic effects of Abakaliki Rice Mill Company Ltd and its health implications on Amagu Community. The research employed surveyed instruments and hospital records. A total of 396 questionnaires were administered to residents in Amagu Community using clustered systematic sampling technique. The questionnaire had 8 variables each on the economic effects and health implications. The data on the econoi4ic effects were analyzed using Wilcoxon Ranks Signed Tests while Kruskal Wallis Test was used for data on health. The results revealed that whereas the rice mill has a significant positive economic effect (p value>0. 05), it has no significant health implications on the community, with p values; 0.579 and, Q.3]9>Q.Q5. Hence, the study recommended; cleaner production technology, tree planting, treatment of waste water before disposal, and banning of parboiling of paddy in the residential areas, safety practices, among others.

Keywords: Rice, Rice Milling, Abakaliki Rice, Amagu-Community, Ebonyi State

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