Collaborative efforts between OLAM Nigeria Ltd and Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP) has helped boost sesame production in Bauchi state by about 300 per cent.
Regional Manager of OLAM Nig.Ltd, Kano Regional Office, Mr Ronsha Tated, stated this in Ningi, Bauchi state, at the launching of OLAM Community Resource Services for farmers.
Tated stated that the collaborative relationship, which started in 2008, had raised the production per hectare in the state, from 264kg/ha in 2008, to 850kg/ha in 2016.
He said that last year, the company purchased over 11,000 metric tons of sesame worth N3.3b from farmers in the state.
He said that this year, 650 sesame farmers in the state would benefit from the OLAM intervention programme, which entailed provision of quality seeds and fertilizer.
In his remarks at the occasion, Bauchi state Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Yakubu Kirfi, commended OLAM for assisting farmers in the state.
He assured that the state government would continue to collaborate with the company by providing enabling environment.
According to him, it is only through such collaboration that OLAM will continue to enhance the fortunes of farmers, thereby providing avenues for revenue generation for individuals and government to conduct business.
The commissioner then called on beneficiaries of the company’s gesture to make good use of the opportunity provided them.
Kirfi also called on OLAM to establish Sesame Value Addition Centre in the state.
Speaking on behalf of sesame farmers in the state, state chairman of Sesame Farmers Association, Alhaji Aliyu Salihu, commended OLAM and Bauchi State Government for their intervention.
Aliyu called on sesame farmers that had not registered with his association, to do so to enable them benefit from the interventions.
OLAM Nigeria Limited is into export of commodities like sesame, rice cocoa, soya-beans and sorghum, in addition to other agro allied business activities.