Olam Nigeria, a leading player in the Nigerian agriculture value chain, has been commended by Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for paving the way through its agricultural investments and reforms in the country.
The company is said to have provided jobs for a minimum of 500,000 Nigerians indirectly.
El-Rufai, who was speaking recently at a ground-breaking ceremony commissioning of a Tomato processing factory, held at Kangimi, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state, stated that it was because of the activities of organizations like Olam that Kaduna State had become a worthy ground for business, attracting both local and international organizations.
The governor noted that firms, such as Olam, demonstrated why Kaduna State is ranked as the number one destination of doing business in Nigeria by the World Bank’s Doing Business Report.
He said: “the Kaduna State Government welcomes this latest investment in the agricultural potentials of our state. Olam showed the way back in 2017 when President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned its Hatchery and Feed Mill project that is sited in Chikun Local Government Area of the state”.
Olam’s Feed Mill, Hatchery and Breeder Farms, located along the Kaduna -Abuja Expressway, is a huge investment and the largest such facility in West Africa.
The feedmill sources over 150,000 tons of corn and 75,000 tons of soybean from local farmers, and this has encouraged many small scale farmers to increase the production of these crops.
The large silo and flat warehousing capacity allow farmers to sell their produce on harvest without having to worry about storage.
Availability of Broiler (meat-producing birds) and Layer (egg-laying birds) day-old chicks was the biggest barrier for Nigerian farmers, especially in the north in participating in the poultry sector.
Olam now supplies several millions of high quality day-old-chicks every month to small poultry farmers, which has helped revive many closed farms and developed new ones.
Oam’s poultry feed, especially broiler feed, has led to farmers gaining substantial productivity gains, unlocking profitability for them without increasing selling prices of eggs and chicken.
Olam’s best-in-class fish feed, produced at its second feed mill location in Kwara State, has promoted a mini revolution amongst small fish farmers in Northern Nigeria.
Starting from an insignificant level, this sector has made great strides and is now a viable farming option for many local youths.
Olam International is a leading agri-business operating in 65 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 23,000 customers worldwide.
Olam was born in Nigeria 30 years ago and it continues to operate as a leading agri-business in the country working along the value chain from sourcing, growing, processing, and exporting of raw commodities, to processing, distributing, and manufacturing of consumer-packaged foods and everyday food staples.
With offices across all the geopolitical zones of the Nigerian Federation, Olam has a wide and growing network of farmers, suppliers, wholesalers, local buying agents, customers, distributors and service providers.
Today, this network encompasses over 500,000 individuals for whom it provides thousands of jobs through indirect employment.