Ogun launches 10 hectares cassava pilot farm

Business Day | 9 April 2014

Thai Farms International Ltd is a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigera Plc. A Wikileaks released investigative report by FTI Consulting indicates that Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc is 51.59% owned by Excelsior Shipping Company Limited, which is believed to be a Liberian registered company owned by George Coumantaros and his family, a “well-connected Greek-U.S. shipping family”. (Photo: L-R: MR GEORGE COUMANTAROS, PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND MR PETERSIDE ATEDO AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, SEPTEMBER 05, 2011.)

(Note: This project with Thai Farms International, a subsidairy of Flour Mills of Nigeria, is part of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition framework agreement with NIgeria)
 The agricultural transformation policy of the Ogun State government will soon get a major boost as the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun launches a 10-hectare cassava pilot farm promoted by Caterina de’ Medici Africa Projects Ltd (CDMA) at Ikenne.
 The pilot farm, which will serve as a prelude to a bigger 4,000 hectares cassava farm to be supported by Thai Farms International Ltd and other investors, is supported by the USAID-Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport Program (NEXTT) and several local banks.

Foluke Michael, principal partner of CDMA, said the project will adopt modern farming methods, conduct training for local farmers, supply the farmers with agro-chemical to improve farm yield, and provide other extension services to all its partners.
“The partnership with the state will also help to build public infrastructure changes in agricultural policy,” she said….
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