Federal Government partners Crown Flour Mills to boost wheat production in Nigeria
The Federal Government of Nigeria has entered into partnership with Crown Flour Mill (OLAM grains) to increase wheat production in the country, according to agriculture minister Muhammed Nanono.
He made this known in a statement by Mohammed Gana, Information Officer in the ministry, on Sunday, in Abuja, expressed delight at the interest shown by OLAM grains.
The minister said that the initiative would reduce wheat importation, enhance food security and nutrition, conserve scarce foreign exchange and create jobs.
The minister disclosed this when the management of the company, led by its Corporate Affairs Manager, Ms. Damilola Adeniyi, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
Nanono said the Ministry had put in place deliberate measures to ensure increased wheat production, including the provision of quality seeds and the distribution of agricultural inputs to the farmers.
The minister said that the ministry would also support the group in its development efforts.
He said with the intervention by Crown Flour Mills and other interventions such as those of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), Transformation for Africa Agricultural Technologies (TAAT) and the Wheat Compact Project, Nigeria would experience sustainable sufficiency in local wheat production.
In her remarks, Adeniyi, said that the purpose of the visit was to update the Minister on the group’s activities and to seek collaboration with the Ministry.
She explained that through such collaboration, the company hoped to leverage on Nigeria’s wheat growing potentials by bringing in new seed varieties and modern technology, to facilitate growth and expansion of wheat production in the country.
Adeniyi said that the company planned to introduce the findings of research trials it conducted recently on the cultivation of a heat tolerant variety of wheat.
She expressed optimism that the process would boost local production of wheat, increase quantity and improve quality.
Adeniyi also informed the minister that the Crown Flour Mills has been involved in various developmental efforts such as research and seed trials, capacity building in modern agricultural practices, distribution of inputs, among others.
She said the developmental efforts targets small holder wheat farmers and key players in the wheat production value chain.
Adeniyi said as one of its corporate social responsibilities, the group was committed to the sustained training of Nigerian wheat farmers, provision of quality seeds for increased production as well as off-taking their produce.