The Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) has said it would establish procurement centers across 15 northern states to take wheat grains from up to 150,000 farmers under the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Program (ABP).
Speaking during the annual green field day event at Gawon-Bature in Dambatta Local Government Area of Kano State, National Programme Manager, Wheat Development Project, Dr. Aliyu Samaila, said the programme was being implemented through the APB initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to him, the country requires a strong vision backed by clear roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders, added that FMAN would organise state-wide field days in all their major areas of operations to bring together key stakeholders in order to address challenges and learn from each other.
“The programme adopted proactive farmer support services to sustainably encourage wheat production and yields per hectre, to enable it to compete with rice and other dry season crops in the 2021-22 dry season activities.
“The programme has resulted in cultivation of 504 demonstration farms each on 0.5 ha across the 15 states to provide training on Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) to 250,000 farmers under the CBN ABP,” he explained.
In his remark, Alhaji Salim Muhammad, National President, Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, commended FMAN and the CBN for the wheat farmers’ support programme.