Dangote rice outgrower scheme threatened in Jigawa
“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