Dangote makes N70m investment to boost local wheat

Dangote Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC and other key stakeholders in the flour milling industry have donated 50 units Amar multi-crop threshers to wheat farmers in the country.

The body, a union of giant industrial wheat consumers including Dangote Group, Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), Honeywell, Olam and Dufil.

The threshers were specifically designed to suit wheat threshing and would be initially allotted eight units each to Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi and Katsina,

Sokoto, Bauchi, Kaduna and Zamfara will subsequently receive four units each.

General Managing Director, Dangote flour Mill PLC, Thabo Mabe, at the presentation of the multi-crop threshers to the wheat farmers association of Nigeria, urges the beneficiaries to prioritise breeding quality to suit the specification for confectionary purposes like bread or spaghetti.

With the threshers, Mabe said the current output of wheat production would be doubled reducing the current 4.5million metric tonnes importation of wheat into the country.

The Chairman, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), John Coumantaros, said the initiative will effectively accelerate the government’s drive at attaining internal sufficiency in wheat production while saving foreign exchange.

He said the flour millers association of Nigeria (FMAN) had signed a pact with the wheat farmers in 2016 to purchase all available wheat grain produced in the country in line with standard parameters and prevailing market prices.

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