N ice Rice Millers located in Mwea, Kirinyaga county is the biggest private milling institution in the world and the largest rice milling institution in East Africa. We specialize in the production of pure pishori rice. The production facility was established in the year 2012 and sits on a three-acre piece of land.

Nice Millers has the biggest mills in Africa with a capacity of 70 metric tonnes a day. It mills about 70% of the over 40,000 tonnes of rice produced in Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme every year. The Scheme produces 80% of the rice consumed in Kenya. The mill also has a warehouse with a monthly storage space of 30,000 metric tonnes of rice. We provide storage facilities and market space for free and also sell farmers’ rice on commission. The factory currently works with over 5,000 farmers and 300 women traders who mill and retail rice in the premises. The business has created employment for 1,000 youth who operate and ferry paddy rice by motorbikes and donkey carts. We currently employ over 80 permanent staff and 250 casual laborers.

Nice Rice Millers Ltd has helped farmers add value to their crop before delivering it to the market. Income to farmers has doubled since they are able to thresh their paddy rice after harvesting which ensures they deliver a finished product to the market.



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  • STEP 1Purchase of paddy rice from farmers

    The rice is purchased at very competitive prices from farmers.
  • STEP 2High Quality Reception

    The paddy rice is received from the farmers and stored at a temperature of 13 degrees. It is then inspected for quality and shape.
  • STEP 3Milling

    The paddy rice is then milled by top notch professionals in the pishori rice business.It is then packed into sacks or small scale rice packages of 2, 5 or 10 KGs.
  • STEP 4Marketing and Sales

    We offer optional marketing services of the processed pishori rice on behalf of the farmers. We also are involved in retail and wholesale sale of processed rice to consumers.



Mr. Charles Njiru Kaburu is the founder and Managing Director of Nice Rice Millers Ltd. He is a serial entrepreneur who has tried his hand at many businesses over the last 20 years – from tailoring, public service and construction material transport businesses, agro-chemicals to growing tomatoes and French beans and operating a brewery. In all this he found success in running Nice Rice Millers Ltd.

Mr. Njiru has a passion for working with smallholder farmers and supporting them to engage in agriculture as a business. His efforts and contribution have been recognized at the highest level in the country. This has seen him receive meritorious awards from two Kenyan Presidents - Head of State Commendation (HSC) by the current President Uhuru Kenyatta in recognition of his investments towards achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030 goals and Order of the Golden Warrior (OGW) from President Mwai Kibaki for his contribution in uplifting the living standards of rice farmers in the expansive Mwea Irrigation Scheme.

Apart from Nice Rice Millers, Mr. Njiru also runs other subsidiary companies in the same location that include a four star hotel, a supermarket and a petrol station with a service bay. In addition to Nice Rice Mills, other ventures that make up his business empire include Nice Charcoal, Nice Mineral Water, Nice Bakeries and Nice Jikos.


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