From Juliana Agbo, Abuja
TO save Nigeria from the consequences of a post-COVID-19 meals disaster, Olam Nigeria has expressed its dedication to make the nation the agricultural hub on the continent.
It added that it will produce a complete of 240,000 metric tons (Mt) of rice within the new farming season.
Olam Nigeria, one of many main gamers within the agriculture worth chain, stated it should proceed to domesticate its 5000 hectares which produces 40,000 metric tons of paddy.
Nevertheless, the corporate off-takes paddy from farmers throughout the nation to stability its milling capability of 240,000 metric tons for each its farms in Rukubi Doma, Nasarawa State and Amarava Agro in Kano State which have milling capacities of 120,000MT respectively.
In response to a press release in Abuja yesterday, Olam stated it’s working with greater than 20,000 direct outgrower famers and sensitising extra farmers to plant rice and hand-holding them with coaching and enter in 5 states of Nigeria.
It stated the transfer grew to become much more mandatory as President Muhammadu Buhari has urged farmers to embark on large meals manufacturing this farming season.
The assertion reads partially: “The farms, which have an built-in rice mills with a manufacturing capability of 120,000 metric tonnes res are dedicated to producing solely native and residential grown high quality rice with the variants of Mama’s Satisfaction and Mama’s Selection”
“As well as, Olam participates throughout the nation as the most important off taker of paddy rice from Nigerian farmers impacting livelihoods of greater than 100,000 farmers instantly and not directly.
“We should not overlook that the COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most important problem dealing with humanity right now. It’s ravaging not solely Nigeria however the international economic system.
“As a part of the efforts to help Nigeria’s combat towards Covid-19, Olam has efficiently given palliatives to host communities, ladies got rice, and medical kits got to the Rukubi Clinic in Doma, Nasarawa State aside from enterprise varied different group help applications.
“Enlightenment and academic campaigns in type of radio and television jingles in native languages to emphasize the necessity for social distancing , carrying of masks in addition to washing and rinsing of arms while making certain they’re all in step with Covid-19 protocols as espoused by WHO and NCDC”, Olam stated.
Moreover, it stated Olam Rice Farms and Mills in Rukubi, Nasarawa State and Amarava Agro in Kano State have created each direct and oblique employments to the tune of over 2500 folks, thereby serving to the local people survive and enriching the farmers round and inside the environs.