Dan­gote rice out­grower scheme threat­ened in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

“When farm­ers con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence de­lay in their pay­ment, they can eas­ily turn to other buy­ers. Also when agro-in­put don’t come at the right time, it will erode farm­ers’ con­fi­dence in the scheme,” he said.

Mo­hammed Us­man, who is also tak­ing part in the Dan­gote rice out­grower scheme, also com­plained of de­lay in pay­ment as well as ir­reg­u­lar sup­ply of petrol for their wa­ter pump ma­chines, which he said was af­fect­ing yield.

He ar­gued that in or­der not to in­cur to­tal loss on their pro­duce, farm­ers must source for money for fu­elling and that was an ad­di­tional cost to them. He said if some of the ba­sic prob­lems could be ad­dressed, the scheme was farmer friendly.

It could be re­called that the Pres­i­dent of Dan­gote Group of com­pa­nies, Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote, flagged off the rice out­grower scheme early last year in Hugo vil­lage of Kafin Hausa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

He said, “Un­der the scheme, farm­ers are pro­vided with train­ing, in­puts and a guar­an­teed price for their pro­duce.”

All ef­fort to speak to the spokesper­son of Dan­gote Group, Ahmed Iya had failed. While speak­ing with him on phone re­cently he told this re­porters that he was not in the coun­try. Fur­ther ef­fort to reach him was not suc­cess­ful as the line was not con­nect­ing while a text mes­sage sent to him was not replied to up till the press time.

One of the farm­ers, Ab­dul­lahi Bu­la­man Waek

Mo­hammed Sani Gu­dito is an­other farmer on the scheme

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