The Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) has donated 50 units of AMAR multi-crop threshers worth over N70 million to wheat farmers in five states.
The Chairman of FMAN, Mr John Coumantaros, disclosed this while presenting the machines to the farmers at the premises of the Northern Nigeria Flour Mills (NNFM) in Kano.
He said the donation is part of the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into by the Milling Association and the farmers as part of effort to boost wheat production in the country.
Coumantaros, represented by Mr Sani Umar, disclosed that the decision to donate the equipment is to assist farmers boost the quality of their wheat production.
“There is no gainsaying that self-sufficiency in the production of wheat in Nigeria will have an unprecedented impact on the economy.
“This will be achieved through the attainment of food security, poverty reduction and of course, save the much needed foreign exchange,” he said.
Coumantaros, who is also the chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, further said that the donation is in fulfillment of an MoU signed with the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria in 2016.
“In 2017, FMAN fulfilled its promise by purchasing over 2,400 metric tons of wheat valued at N469 million and in 2018, even before the start of harvest, we have purchased over 1, 600 metric tons of wheat valued at N237 million.
“Also, as part of the implementation of the agreement, FMAN presented N20 million, as 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.
In his remarks, the National President of Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN), Malam Salim Saleh-Muhammad, commended the Milling Association for the gesture.
“This will go a long way in boosting the operation of farmers, most of whom before now were harvesting their wheat manually which resulted in poor market quality for their product,” he said.
The beneficiaries were drawn from five wheat producing states -Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, and Kebbi.