Ebonyi State government is to acquire 5.5-megawatt biomass plant from Germany which would utilize rice husk and other available waste materials to generate electricity. Governor David Umahi, who made this known after inspecting two of the three state-owned rice modern mills, said the plant would arrive the country in the next four months. He disclosed that one megawatt of rice husk plant and another 500 kilowatt would arrive the state soon.
The inspection visit took the governor to Iboko in Izzi Local Government Area and Ikwo where he inspected the condition of the facilitates, on-going rehabilitation works and the production and packaging of various sizes of rice bags . He said the essence of the visit was to have first-hand knowledge of the water needs of the mills especially for the parboiling sections which had attained over 80 percent completion. Umahi assured that excavators would be deployed to the areas for dredging of available natural water sources to meet the water requirement of about 60,000 cubic metres.