Enterprise Television- FMAN Boosts Wheat Production in Nigeria with N70m
In a bid to boost the country’s self-sufficiency in wheat production, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), made up of Dangote Flour Mills, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Honeywell Flour, Dufil and Life Flour have donated 50 units of multi-crop thresher machine worth N70 million to Wheat Farmers in the country.
At the presentation of the machines in Lagos, the Group Managing Director of Dangote Flour Mills, Mr. Thabo Mabe , said that the equipment would deepen mechanized farming in wheat production; increase volumes of wheat produced and reduce cost of wheat in the market.
Mabe said that 70 percent of wheat used by flour millers is imported despite the huge potentials in the country’s wheat sector, he added that the multi-crop threshers would enhance yield, empower more farmers and save foreign exchange.
Mr. John Coumantaros, the chairman, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), represented by Group Managing Director, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, Mr. Paul Gbededo said that the presentation was a demonstration of the association’s commitment to continuously support wheat farmers and Federal Government in the agricultural sector.
He said FMAN has signed a MoU with Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria in 2016 to purchase all available wheat grain produced by farmers in line with agreed quality parameters and prevailing market prices.
National President, Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Salim Mohammed commended the flour millers for their gesture toward assisting to boost wheat production.
He said that the equipment would be judiciously utilized to boost wheat production and reduce the cost of wheat in the market.