“BEFORE Nestlé Nigeria Plc and International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) /2Scale Project Sorghum and Millet’s intervention, the yield per hectare was 0.9 tons. In the first year of the project in 2015, the yield doubled to 1.3 tons per hectare, and reached 1.8 tons / hectare in 2017. The target is to reach 2.20 tons /hectare in 2018 farming season, progressing towards the maximum yield capacity of 2.35 tons/hectare of the crop varieties.”
Mr. Maxwell Olitsa, Project Manager, IFDC /2Scale Project Sorghum & Millet, disclosed this in a statement.
“We achieved the results in the field by empowering farmers to adopt best practices and new technology. Showing in addition to telling also made a lot of difference. 27 demo plots were established; six of them managed by women, where best farming practices are demonstrated. The demo plots are always accessible to the farming clusters to provide continuous technical support and coaching in the field,” he said.
Emphasizing on the impact of the project on the livelihoods of farmers and on the company, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, CEO/Managing Director, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, said: “Today, we source about 80 per cent of our agricultural raw material in the country. As we work towards increasing this percentage, we remain committed to working alongside our partners to further improve the quality and quantity of grains and legumes.
“The results we have achieved so far with Nestlé Nigeria & IFDC/2Scale Project Sorghum & Millet is an example of what is possible when we look at the agriculture value chain holistically from the farm to storage, to transportation, and right down to the factory gate and take definite measures to close the gaps,” he concluded.