Abdulwahab Isa, Abuja
Integrated feed and food manufacturing company, Pandagric Novum, has reiterated its vision to help support the achievement of Nigeria’s food security goals and strengthen the agricultural value chain in the country using a integrated approach.
Bruce Spain, Managing Director of Pandagric Novum, said the agricultural company is poised to redefine the future of farming in Nigeria with its innovative farming practices that have been developed to ensure increased yields and food sufficiency.
“As a company, we have developed cultivation and crop management protocols to achieve the highest yields. We have invested heavily in testing and trials over the years and have discovered improved crop nutrition practices to achieve the best growth and yield results.
This was the thrust of a press conference on “Redefining Agriculture in Nigeria for the Future”, as part of the pre-event activities preceding the official commissioning of the company in the Nasarawa State. The commissioning is under the auspices of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), the federation’s premier investment institution, and Signature Agri Investment, a Netherlands-based investment portfolio agency.
In 2018, NSIA and Signature Agri Investments entered into a joint venture agreement to establish an agriculture-focused fund for the development of large-scale integrated projects across Nigeria. Pandagric Novum is the flagship project of this joint venture and was developed as a diversification platform and pathway to improve per capita protein consumption in Nigeria.
Uche Orji, Managing Director and Managing Director of NSIA, said in his address, “Agriculture is a key sector for the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and an important sector for the Nigerian economy, with high potential for creating jobs, poverty reduction and ultimately food. Security.”
Uche said that although the sector has been largely dominated by subsistence farming in the past, “NSIA strongly believes that with improved modern methods, seedlings and better methods of weather forecasting, agricultural yields can continue. to increase”.
NSIA, as an investment institution of the Federal Government, is mandated to play a leading role in driving sustainable economic development for the benefit of all Nigerians. The agency aims to develop the Nigerian agricultural sector sufficiently to ensure an increase in production to meet local demand, as well as the development of the necessary infrastructure to ensure better product quality, facilitate import substitution and provide an engine foreign exchange earnings from the export of agricultural products.
Reiterating how Pandagric Novum is redefining the future of agriculture through increased crop yields, Bruce hinted that the company’s goal is “to reach over 10 tonnes per hectare in the next few years.” However, if we can double our national maize average from 1.5 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare using good genetic and agricultural practices, then we will double our national production. Nigeria will very quickly become a net exporter of maize and create food security. Additionally, we will reduce the negative environmental impact associated with opening up and developing more land. Our goal is to introduce these practices into farming communities and begin to see increased yields and agricultural production in Nigeria.
About Pandagric Novum Ltd
Pandagric Novum is an integrated feed and food manufacturing enterprise located in Panda Development Area, Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State and specializes in the manufacture and distribution of poultry feed called Supreme Feeds.
The company also produces micro-packs for farmers who mix their own poultry feed. They continually invest in feed technologies and have a state-of-the-art feed mill that has been installed to meet the demand for their products.