Flour Mills of Nigeria, through one of its subsidiaries, Golden Agri Inputs Limited (GAIL), is bringing respite to farmers in the country through its partnership with AgBiTech, an American company and global leader in agricultural technology.
Farmers in Nigeria, the first country where Fall Armyworm (FAW) was detected in Africa in 2016, will soon get access to Fawligen, a biological tool that will prevent an infestation of the invasive pest.
To ensure that farmers in Nigeria, with largest maize acreage in Africa of 5 million hectares, can protect their crops from severe injury and economic damage caused by the FAW infestation, the firm has partnered with AgBiTech as its exclusive distributor of Fawligen in the country.
Commenting on the partnership, Boye Olusanya, Group Managing Director, FMN said: “We will continue to pursue partnerships in all areas of our core competence, particularly in agribusiness, where we hope to further strengthen our leadership position. I believe this partnership with AgBiTech is especially important because it offers farmers an efficient option of pest management products that prevent yield losses.
“Nigerian farmers who are looking to protect their investments will be happy to learn that Fawligen is a terrific addition to a lineup of products under GAIL/FMN that have been developed to do just that.”
Fawligen is manufactured by the global leader and innovator in biological pest control, AgBiTech LLC. According to Dr. Shachi Gurumayum, Head of Africa & South Asia for AgBiTech, “Fawligen has been tested and evaluated by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for two consecutive years in Nigeria. Having access to a safe and effective biological control for FAW will be welcome relief to many of the Nigerian farmers affected by FAW.”