Olam Farm scales up production

As part of efforts to support Nigeria’s quest for rice self sufficiency by 2017, Olam Farm, producers of Mama Pride, has scaled up production to over 40,000 metric tons of paddy rice annually.

The farm has also increased the number of farmers in its out grower scheme from the initial 3000 to 5000 to cultivate a total of 5500 hectares of farm through the Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the International Fund for Agriculture Value Chain programme.

The Project Coordinator, Olam Rice Farm, Mahesh Nimje, while speaking to journalists in Rukubi, Nassarawa State, on the increased yield of 2017 harvest said the target is to produce over 10 metric tons per hectare in two circle annual crop.

On their contribution to the self-sufficiency target in rice production of the federal government, Olam has increased it farm hectare under cultivation from 3,800 to 4,500 hectare disclosing that their plan was to cultivate 13,500 hectares by 2018.