Stallion Popular Farms and Mills Limited has assured Nigerians of an annual increase in locally cultivated rice from 450, 000 metric tonnes to 1.5million tonnes, using integrated rice value chain and enhanced milling activities.
Its Group Director, Hapreet Singh, made the pledge in Abuja while receiving an award – Outstanding Projects and Business Leader of the Year – given to the group by Inside Business Commendation Award (IBCA) for its role in integrated rice value chain and enhanced local rice production.
He said the company decided to increase its rice yield to compliment President Muhammadu Buhari’s agri-business agenda to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production.
He praised the Agriculture Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh’s agrarian backward integration initiative.
“Our vision has always been to preserve and enhance rice production in Nigeria by ensuring genetic integrity of seeds, encourage scientific agricultural practices and promote world-class processing techniques to emerge as industry benchmark for product quality,” he said.
Singh thanked IBCA for creating a platform to acknowledge real positive change makers in the agric sector, where Popular Farms & Mills was distinguished as outstanding projects and business leaders of the year.
“We owe this accomplishment to President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership aptitudes and agri-business agenda,” the Stallion Farms & Mills director said.
He said the farm would leverage the impulse provided by the Federal Government through its transformation agenda, saying that Stallion has already established integrated agricultural operations, such as world-class rice mills at strategic locations to promote milling and paddy rice cultivation in captive areas to make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production.
A farm division of Stallion Conglomerate, Popular Farms and Mills Limited, produces premium varieties of rice from locally farmed paddy, currently branded and marketed nationwide as Royal Stallion Shinkafa, Tomato Aroso and Super Champion.
The company has established collection centres across rice producing states in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Niger, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi to not only help farmers embrace modern farming techniques, but focus on distributing farm inputs through farmers co-operatives and associations to ensure rice revolution in Nigeria.