Stallion lauds Buhari’s agric agenda, eyes increased rice output
Group Director, Stallion Popular farms & Mills, Hapreet Singh has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s agriculture policy aimed at driving down country’s yearly food imports, which stood at about $5 billion, is yielding meaningful result.
Speaking in Lagos after the company was declared “Agro Processor of the Year Award” at 2017 Nigeria Agriculture Awards, Singh said the organisation would increase rice output with its new milling facilities through structured farming techniques.
The country had launched a new agriculture policy seeking to earns more foreign exchange from agriculture, turn the sector to the mainstay of the nation’s economy and reverse huge food importation.
The award, which is its second, after the IBCA-“Outstanding Projects and Business Leaders of the Year Award” recently bestowed on the company in March was in recognition of Stallion Popular Farms & Mills Limited concerted efforts at integrating rice value chain as well as its dogged resolves to humanize farmed rice and self-sustainability in food production, he said.
“We owe this accomplishment to President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership aptitudes and his agrarian-business agenda, Singh remarked.”
He said the farm is leveraging on the policy impetus of the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda to bring sustainable and scalable growth to farmers.
Singh added that the farm’s effort to increase cultivated rice yield began in 2007 and has since been at the forefront of paddy agronomists in the country, working tirelessly to enhance rice production through scientific agricultural practices.
Singh, while receiving the award, on behalf of the farm said it hopes to increase locally farmed rice to 1.5million tonnes yearly from 450, 000 metric tonnes.
He said the farm has already deployed enhanced milling activities and set up more milling facilities through structured farming techniques.
“Our vision has always been to preserve and enhance rice production in Nigeria by ensuring genetic integrity of seeds, encouraging scientific agricultural practices and promoting world-class processing techniques to emerge as industry benchmark for product quality,” Singh said.
Anambra State Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Afam Mbanefo who presented the award to the Farm applauded the farm for its commitment to government’s exhaustive agenda in rice production,
“You have not only supported the country’s agrarian objective for self-sufficiency in rice production but have also worked assiduously with local and state governments in ensuring food security.