Crown Flour Mill Limited CFM says it is spearheading a new order through large-scale investment aimed at repositioning Nigeria for economic prosperity in the current era.
In a statement, the top millers said it is with this in mind that the company has proposed a flagship wheat value chain development vehicle dubbed “Seeds for the Future,” a venture that is undertaking interventions in four broad areas of focus, including research and development, innovation, education and economic empowerment, on a sustainable basis. As part of the program, in the field of research and development.
CFM said it launched a wheat seed experimentation project in the last quarter of 2021, as part of its socio-economic intervention in the wheat value chain.
The organization said that while its ultimate goal is to help Nigeria in its quest for national food security, job creation and empowerment of the large young population, it is also committed to enriching the lives of farming communities and vulnerable members of society.
CFM revealed that the company is contributing its quota to the ongoing efforts to address the issues plaguing the education sector to ensure that the nation achieves faster and more uniform development, saying that in the As part of this role, the company’s strategic implementation of the Seeds for the Future program is underway. extended beyond the borders of agricultural research to provide support in the form of infrastructure and much more to a local school in the wheat belt.
Speaking on the initiative, CFM’s Managing Director, Ashish Pande, said, “We are a leading development actor and engine of economic growth. Our bold intervention investments in key areas of the economy aim to drive impactful socio-economic growth to drive improved living conditions, broader productivity in our host communities and the nation as a whole.
He added, “The Seeds for the Future program aims to stimulate strong value chain activities that will improve the national food security situation, generate jobs and empower citizens in key areas with great implications for their livelihoods. subsistence. The program therefore goes beyond our wheat seed research and testing of the best wheat seed varieties. It is a strategic value chain investment vehicle dedicated to enriching lives.
The statement read in part: “Biyamusu Primary School in Ajingi Local Government Area in Kano was founded in 1976. Although it was the oldest in the community, it lacked basic facilities. suitable for a 21st century learning environment.
“Previously, the roofs and ceilings of the classrooms were completely dilapidated. The walls had succumbed to years of inattention and cracked at critical points and had become a clear and imminent danger to the safety of school children. There was no electrical infrastructure to help administrations use valuable equipment that would aid their efficiency or help ventilate classrooms to cool students partially exposed to northern weather. The toilets had no roof or door; there was no provision for toiletries to make the environment safe for future Nigerian leaders.
“Aware of the implications of such a poor learning environment on children, CFM has invested in the renovation of the school. It renovated the classrooms, installed an electrical installation in the school premises and modernized the sanitary facilities. Learning aids such as blackboards, chairs and tables were donated to the school. Water supply facilities have also been installed in the school to ensure students have access to safe and clean water throughout their time in class.
“Intervention efforts in the local school have begun to yield useful results. Currently, the number of students in the school has increased from 480 to more than 600, following the reconstruction”.
Also speaking on the CFM Seeds for the Future initiative, Biyamusu Primary School Principal Sagiru Musa Toranke said, “We are grateful to CFM for the impressive overhaul and turnaround of our school and community. lives of our students. The parents of our students are now assured that their children are no longer exposed to bad weather during their schooling. They also wouldn’t have to worry about the unsafe sanitation and water facilities that children were previously exposed to.
The principal added that the learning center has improved in the local community, which allows children from these communities to progress mentally in tandem with students in major cities across the country, adding that the children will, of course, grateful for the solid academic foundation provided by the Seeds for the Future program.
One of the Ajingi LGA community leaders, Haruna Abdullahi, said, “We want our children too to become prominent in critical sectors of the economy. If we can provide them with a good education from the elementary level, our dreams as a community can be realized. CFM has come at the right time to help provide what we want for our children in terms of quality education.
The Seeds for the Future initiative focuses on innovative research to achieve food security, support for education to enrich people’s minds, and empowerment in areas of agriculture, with a view to properly positioning country to eradicate poverty.
The initiative’s successful wheat seed testing program has introduced innovative research methodology that has the potential to strategically increase the quantity and quality of wheat produced locally. It engages local and global researchers and commits significant capital investments to generate valuable results from the program.
Additionally, as part of the flagship initiative, the company provided support to small-scale wheat farmers. It has distributed irrigation equipment to women to help remove obstacles that hinder the cultivation and harvesting of wheat on a large scale. The irrigation equipment, which mainly included a high-pressure water pumping machine, was introduced to women farmers in Giyamusu, Ajingi local government area of Kano state in 2021.
As part of the seed trial project, CFM said it plans to reform the value chain of local wheat production, estimated that at least 10,000 small-scale wheat producers, mainly farmers from different agricultural cooperative groups, would benefit from the program, adding that it offers hope to extensive households whose livelihoods are tied to the continuity of its robust intervention efforts in the wheat value chain.
The company confirmed that the business shows no signs of reducing its growth-oriented activities, adding that the Seeds for the Future program aims to improve livelihoods and economic empowerment.
As the company has rightly demonstrated in the strategic pivot to modernize the educational infrastructure of the local community in Kano State, CFM said it is very interested and invested in mitigating hardship and enabling improving the quality of life of indigent children in such a context. so that they can aspire to a better future despite their humble beginnings.