Okomu in Nigeria to mentor smallholders farmers
In a bid to finalizing its plans in creating smallholder farmers’ linkage and engagement in its neighboring communities, Okomu oil palm company Plc has entered into partnership with two associations namely, Market Development Programme in the Niger Delta, (MADE) and Terra Agric.
At the inaugural meeting chaired by the Managing Director, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc., Dr Graham Hefer and had in attendance the Company’s Agric Coordinator, Billy Ghansah, as well as representativesof MADE and Terra Agric, the theme explored the prospects and challenges likely to confronts the smallholder farmers.
Dr Graham Hefer asserted that smallholder’s scheme is designed to encourage the people in the neighboring communities to venture into agriculture. According to him, his passion for the development of the neighboring communities, made him to personally embark on regular engagement with them so as to know the major challenges of the people of the areas.
He added that the improve collaboration between Okomu and its partners in the smallholder project will create a business model that will improve access to market for the farmers and Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) supply to Okomu.
Agric. Coordinator OOPC, Billy Ghansah explained to the partners the benefits of the smallholders project noting that this will help improve the revenue of farmers already in oil palm farming as well as encourage others to venture into it. Under this arrangement, Okomu will provide mentorship amongst other assistance to the smallholders.