Flour Milling Association of Nigeria donates N70m Threshers to Nigerian Wheat Farmers

The Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) on recently donated 50 units of AMAR multi-crop threshers worth N70 million to wheat farmers to boost wheat production and the dream to achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production in Nigeria.

Speaking at a presentation ceremony held recently in Lagos, Mr. Paul Gbededo, Group Managing Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC., said that the presentation was a demonstration of the association’s commitment to continuously support wheat farmers and the Federal Government’s Agriculture Promotion Policy.

“There is no gainsaying that self-sufficiency in the production of wheat in Nigeria will have an unprecedented impact on the Nigerian economy through the attainment of food security, poverty reduction and of course, save much needed foreign exchange,” he said.

The GMD disclosed further that, an MoU was signed 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.

“In 2017, FMAN fulfilled its promise by purchasing over 2,400 metric tons of wheat valued at N469 million.

“In 2018, even before the start of harvest, we have purchased over 1600 metric tons of wheat valued at N237 million.

“FMAN established a N20 million Research and Development Grant to the Lake Chad Research Institute to conduct research into enhanced wheat farming technology and modern agronomy practices aimed at improving wheat varieties with good yield,” he said.

Gbededo said that the association would continue to invest effort and resources on initiatives that would improve local supply chain.