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Pandagric complements FG’s vision in local maize production

FILE PHOTO: Maize farm

By Christopher Tom, Uyo

The Federal Government’s decision in banning maize was to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery, safeguard rural livelihoods and generate jobs for the teeming masses.

Pandagric Novum Ltd. is one of the largest agricultural farms in the country that has keyed into the Federal Government’s vision to blow up agricultural revolution through large-scale maize production for economic boom.

Located in Panda, headquarters of Panda Development Area in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State in North Central Nigeria, the expansive farm is training more agricultural investors and developing an integrated farm and agro-feed mill.

Pandagric Novum Ltd run by South African and Indian nationals operates 1,000 hectares of maize farm fully mechanised and irrigated with centre pivots to produce maize. This is the core raw material that feeds the company’s poultry feed-mill producing “Supreme Feeds brand.”

Conducting a visiting team from Akwa Ibom State that was on a facility tour of the farm, Mr. Arnold Smith, the Chief Operating Officer, said they decided to venture into agriculture in a bid to uplift the continent of Africa from poverty and hunger.

Smith who is also an accountant by profession told the team comprising Dr. Anietie Umoren; Amos Udom, special assistant on projects to Governor Udom Emmanuel and Akan Ebong, a Peoples Democratic Party stalwart, said the company has trained several local women on how to operate equipment, implements and machines as well as drivers to handle tractors.

A man who loves development, he announced that the company has incubated a 15-year plan for maize production and plans to develop a lake/pond to promote fisheries and a poultry/chicken business, pledging to uptake the tonnes to farmers and to visit Akwa Ibom for replication of the technology.

Commenting on constraints facing the farm, Smith complained of the deplorable Keffi-Kachia Highway, the road leading to the factory/feed mill in hindering evacuation of products from the factory, and causing regular break down of their supply trucks conveying bags of fertilizer.

It is understood that the broken down road is a federal road connecting Mararaba near the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Panda/Gitata communities in Nasarrawa State.

However, the chief operating officer has appealed to the Federal authority for speedy intervention on the road.

Speaking too, Mr. Udom, the special assistant on projects, said since agriculture is a viable venture, the state is open for partnership with the farm in line with Governor Emmanuel’s vision to boost food production in the state.

Udom stressed the need for the farm management to reach out to Akwa Ibom farmers interested in maize production, particularly the specie they should plant to boost feed mills in and outside the state.

During the visit, Smith was joined by Esale Francis (Marketing), Ibrahim Olayemi Oladiran (Administration) and Ime Usoroh (Research and crop protection).




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