Wheat production initiative from the Nigerian Flour Milling Association
08 May 20182 min reading
Flour Milling Association of Nigeria grants 50 units of thresher machines to farmers to increase volume of wheat produced, reduce cost of wheat in the market and save foreign exchange.
Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), comprising 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. Speaking at the presentation of the machines in Lagos,0020the Group Managing Director of Dangote Flour Mills, Mr. Thabo Mabe, said that the equipment would deepen mechanised farming in wheat production, increase volume of wheat produced and reduce cost of wheat in the market, Economic Confidential reported. According to him, 70 per cent of wheat used by flour millers are imported despite huge potential in the country's wheat sector, adding that the multi-crop threshers would enhance yield, empower more farmers and save foreign exchange. "The important thing on our engagement is to try to assist Nigeria to start developing wheat farming in large quantity and to ensure sustainability in terms of wheat farming," he said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman, FMAN, Mr. John Coumantaros, who was 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's agriculture promotion agenda. Gbededo underlined that the association would continue to invest effort and resources on initiatives that would improve local supply chain, ensure access to quality wheat at decent price and ensure that bakers and confectioners were not burdened.
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