Recently Flour Mills of Nigeria went into Partnership with Corteva Agriscience, the Agricultural Division of DowDupont, to work closely regarding the Maize value chain in Nigeria, while focusing on companies who pledged to focus on promoting modern farming techniques and practices, capacity development and knowledge transfer for the local production and use of improved and quality inputs, including seeds and crop protection.
According to John Coumantaros, Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria, the organization is quite excited about the partnership agreement and what they can achieve as Corteva Agriscience is a well know company globally with pedigree in crop protection and biotechnology solutions which will introduce new seed production techniques that will help develop the maize hybrid seed market in Nigeria.
He further stated that in the recent years Flour Mills of Nigeria has invested in primary processing, aggregation and distribution of locally grown grains such as maize, soybeans, rice, sorghum and wheat, and that they are passionate about strengthening the capabilities of small scale farmers even as they continue to seek out newer ways of deepening their supply chain.”
The Group Managing Director for Flour Mills of Nigeria Paul Gbededo, stated that the company’s goal is ultimately about attending and providing for the livelihood of the millions of Nigerians and their families by ensuring that they have access to good food along with great nutritional value and building business that would enrich them positively.
Meanwhile the commercial unit director of Africa Middle East for Corteva Agriscience Prabdeep Bajwa made mention that the collaboration with Flour Mills of Nigeria endorses their commitment to collaborate across the food chain to transform the role of agriculture in the society and to also enhance the livelihood of farmers in Nigeria.
According to Flour Mills of Nigeria, the national average maize yield in Nigeria is about 1.5 tonnes per hectare, which is below the average of 2 tonnes per hectare in Africa and 10 tonnes per hectare in the United States. The adoption of hybrid seed and use of improved farming inputs and techniques is expected to increase maize yields by about 100% in the next five years, Flour Mills of Nigeria said.