Over 200,000 farmers in Nigeria are expected to be engaged in Pioneering Regenerative Agriculture projects introduced by Dantata Foods and Allied Products Nigeria.
Sanusi Bature, the General Manager, Corporate Services of Dantata Foods, announced the development in a statement issued to newsmen on Saturday in Kano.
He said the farmers will be engaged on a long-term basis across a number of Nigerian states; which includes Kano, Cross River, Jigawa, Kaduna, Bauchi, Katsina, Kebbi, Benue, Niger and Plateau.
According to him, the project, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria was introduced in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office of the British Government under its Agricultural sector intervention (LINKS Project).
And also, the United Kingdom (UK) based innovative and Agric-technology firm RegenFARM Limited has introduced a pioneering Regenerative Agriculture project in Nigeria.
“This tripartite partnership is aimed at increasing quality food production, enhancing export opportunities of Nigeria’s Agricultural commodities and improving the soil fertility, nutrients content and organic matter.
“A technology platform has been developed and it is designed to assist with the management of various food value chains, offering complete traceability from farmers to end-users (customers).
“It is a fact that Nigeria faces the challenges of soil degradation through flooding, erosion and continued cultivation which led to lower productivity of farm produce in the country.
“The consistent application of inorganic fertilizer, pesticides and weed control chemicals have been discovered to have negative implications on the sustainability of farmlands over the years.
“With a financing commitment from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), under the Prime Anchor Borrowers Programme, the consortium of the private sector and government bodies would roll out an innovative approach to support smallholder farmers on the new techniques of Regenerative Agriculture practices in the country.
The Managing Director/CEO of RegenFARM Limited, Mr Jason Haywarda said Regenerative Agriculture would be an all-embracing opportunity for the Agro-processing industry in the country.
According to him, as the smallholder farmer out-growers productivity, profitability and resilience to climate change will be greatly enhanced.
Bature said, “the Chairman/CEO Dantata Foods and Allied Company Limited, Alhaji Tajudeen Dantatav confirmed that the partnership has already galvanized access to markets in the UK and other parts of Europe for the organic commodities produced under the Regenerative Agriculture practices.
“Dantata Foods & Allied Products Limited is a Nigerian Company based in Kano. It is involved in Agricultural Production, manufacturing and processing.
“It is also involved in the export and distribution of Agro-allied products, as well as Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG).
“Incorporated in 2005 to deal in agricultural products for exports and local distribution, DFAP has over the years diversified its portfolio of business interests and activities.
“In addition to overseeing the import and export, clearing and transport of products across Nigeria. The company is involved in the production and packaging of food and beverages.”