As part of efforts geared towards promoting agricultural activities in the country,A�farmers in Oyo, Taraba and 13 other states have benefited from the free rice farming tools distributed by Stallion Group to enhance rice production across the country.
According to Stallion Group, the free rice farming tools distribution is part of its commitment to facilitate and empower the stakeholder of rice value chain across Nigeria.
They also said the tools were also a token of appreciation towards the farming community for their valuable commitment in making the nation self-sufficient in rice production.
The tools distributed to farmers include irrigation pumps, knapsack sprayers, weighing scale, cleaning fan’ plant population measuring squares and rice farming booklets.
Popular Farms and Mills Limited and Masco Agro Allied Industries, both which are part of Stallion Group, have trained about 29,000 farmers across the rice producing states in the country.
The Stallion Group which has continued its engagement into commercial and cooperative rice farming along with backward integration, has already established a major increase in the installed integrated milling capacity of 430,000 metric tonnes per annum.
The activities of the company include rice farming related technical and business skills training to rice out growers and rice cooperatives.
The company had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with almost 600 Cooperative groups having 24,000 members and trained some 50,000 out growers over the past few years. During last two years alone, Stallion Group of Companies has imparted technical and business skill training as GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and FBS (Farmers Business School) to 29,000 Out growers across rice producing states.
According to the company, the rice producing states includes, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Niger, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Zamfara, Ogun, Kwara and Oyo.
It was learnt that the Group not only assist farmers in understanding Modern Rice Farming Techniques but also provides fairly priced Rice Certified seeds and focuses on Forming Associations with various Farmers Cooperatives & Progressive Farmers to lead the Nigerian Rice Revolution.