Producers of “Indomie Noodles”, Dufil Prima Foods Plc have reportedly ventured into a journey across 14 communities in Ovia North-East L.G.A (Local government area) of Edo state, as the move is geared towards financially compensating a total of 1,628 farmers within these communities.
Madhukar Khetan who is the Chief Operating Officer of the firm confirmed that the payment exercise kicks off today, and is also expected to last for three weeks with the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture.
The Chief Operating Officer also described the project which has been receiving plaudits in the state as one that would give room for huge investment to the region, through provision of employment opportunities for in the state and also help in reducing the over reliance of oil palm importation.
Thus, he maintained that the project’s central focus is not just geared towards rendering support to the country’s economy (by creation of job opportunities), but also reducing importation in a sustainable way, as the project marks a significant milestone in Dufil’s commitment to attaining a further backward integrated and self-sustaining system.
“The move which crystallizes Dufil’s backward integration drive, particularly with respect to oil palm cultivation, is also in line with the federal government’s drive for increased activities and revenue from agriculture.”
“In addition to this crop compensation to farmers, the next step after the compensation exercise is Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as well as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) mandatory assessments and development of nursery,” he said.
In Khetan’s commendation statement, he further gave necessary plaudits to the Government of Edo state for their dedication towards ensuring a sustainable venture.