One of the players in the nation’s agri-business sector Haske and Williams Limited, has signed a memorandum of understanding with FGM Expert Farmer, a global player in France, to develop its capacity for large scale agricultural projects.
Under the pact, the firms will work together on development and implementation of sustainable strategies aimed at boosting smallholder farmer productivity such as facilitation of access to quality inputs, mechanisation equipment rental, technical capacity building services, irrigation infrastructure development and management and provision of guaranteed markets
Commenting on the recent development, Executive Vice President, Haske and Williams Limited, Oladipo Williams, said: “The MoU between our organisation and FGM Expert Farmer is a Technical, Operations and Management Support Services Agreement aimed at ensuring that our ongoing and proposed commercial agriculture projects are developed, operated and managed inline with international best practices.
“Despite several interventions, policies and strategies put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria to stimulate agricultural production in Nigeria we still find that Nigeria has some of the lowest yield rates per hectare for various agricultural commodities in the world.”
Speaking further, he said: “After a critical review of the current situation in the country’s agricultural space, it became clear that the problem was not the capacity of farmers with respect to agricultural production instead the problem arose from the lack of capacity to practice agriculture on a commercial scale driven by globally accepted procedures and protocols.
It was in view of the aforementioned that we at Haske& Williams decided to engage FGM Expert Farmer due to its vast experience in the conceptualization, planning, development, operation and management of large scale agricultural projects globally.
”We are keen to contribute towards the development of smallholder agriculture in Nigeria through the development and implementation of sustainable strategies aimed at boosting smallholder farmer productivity such as facilitation of access to quality inputs, mechanization equipment rental, technical capacity building services, irrigation infrastructure development and management and provision of guaranteed markets.”
Through this MoU, he explained that Haske&Wiliams will be introducing a systematic and knowledge based approach to commercial agriculture which analyses critical aspects of the agricultural production value chain and troubleshoots existing conditions to ensure bespoke solutions are developed that optimize the value chain.