2ND -5TH THURSDAY OCTOBER 2017
LATEST UPDATES ON OUR FARMS – MONDAY, 2ND -5TH THURSDAY OCTOBER 2017
MECHANICAL AND GENERAL OPERATIONS: After extensive clearing by the bulldozer, the tractor also switched to a high gear and practically all the cleared land has now been ploughed and harrowed. The land is set for cassava, watermelons, okro and yams.
RICE: Full-scale allocation for rice has started, rice farm groupings are being done for all interested members and the labour crew/mechanical operations unit are both getting set for work. As against last season, this time around we are using an inhouse labour team considering the vastness of this project. This is without any doubt going to be the biggest activity for this year and one of the largest agricultural projects in all of Kwara State. The last quarter of this year will be heavily into rice. We have secured the basin land needed for our members and allocation of land for rice is going on and it is very heartwarming that many members are already signing up for rice. Groupings are going on for NAIRA Members who have shown interest. FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE THEIR RICE FARMS GROUPED FOR THEM, ALL THEIR HECTARES HAVE BEEN RESERVED ALREADY SO THEY HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AND FARMING OPERATIONS WILL COMMENCE ON THEIR AREAS FIRST. Farm operations for rice will be proceeding immediately the ground is solid. For those who are yet to reserve their land for rice, please do not wait till the last minute before getting your booking done for rice, rice is probably the fastest product on the market and it is always hot cake. Once again, I advise everyone to have a slice of the rice plantations either as an individual or as a group with other Members. We have submitted request for more rice land to the authorities and they have APPROVED IT. All land for rice will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ALLOCATE RICE LAND TO THOSE WHO APPLY LATE. Do not say I did not scream this o. You can inbox Admin for more details on how rice production is done. As for our rice in Nasarawa State, our Coordinator is making very giant strides and we will be able to proceed flawlessly with our rice in that state. Please watch out for more detailed updates on our rice farms in Nasarawa State.
CASSAVA: For those who asked, we have planted ALL THE CASSAVA FOR ALL NAIRA MEMBERS WHO ASKED FOR THEM SINCE. We are only going ahead with more extra cassava farms. The second wave of cassava planting has started and you will see the photos of some of the planting crews below. We are procuring more improved stems from Ibadan to cover the newly-cleared areas. All slots are for NAIRA members who have reserved them on request. In the photos you will see the land cleared for cassava being worked on by the tractors. Good news again is that the cassava planted in the first wave has started sprouting very well. You will also see this in the photos.
MAIZE: Our maize plants remain very heartwarming as they came out so well and very healthy too. We are projecting ending of this month for harvest of maize. So far so good, all has been very spectacular with our maize farms.
WATERMELONS: The one hectare requested for watermelon plantation by a single female NAIRA Member has been cleared and the next stage for her will be the planting this week. Seeds and other inputs have been procured for the watermelon farm.
SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS: As our plants grow rapidly, there is the need for us to scale up and heighten our security presence on the farms. As we all know, there are two security teams, one works during the daytime and the other works all night. This week, we took the next step of buying guns and bullets for our security operatives. We have also seen the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of our area concerning the legal agreement regarding bearing of the arms and the authority to shoot on any cow that enters any of our farms for grazing. That aspect has been fully covered. The next step will be the purchase of a motorcycle for our security units so they can be using it to patrol the entire length and breadth of the vast farmlands. I need to say at this point that we have been very lucky to site our farms in areas where there is no volatility or security challenges but we have to be fully-ready and prepared for any eventuality. As it is now, the entire farmland is under close watch not only from our own security teams but even the host community itself as our farms are the largest single investment in that local government area so if you mistakenly wander into any of our farms without proper authorization, whatever you see, bear it like that. We are taking security EXTREMELY SERIOUS. Apart from human invaders, we are also getting set to tackle animals like monkeys that may want to wander into the farms and feed on everything overnight.
GENERAL UPDATES: Price of diesel has increased from N170 to N190 per liter and we use nothing less than 200 litres of diesel per day for bulldozer operations alone but thanks to our miscellaneous calculations, we are able to absorb these fluctuations in price. Exports and imports are increasingly taking more of our time as we explore the countless opportunities in the global commodity market. Our first focus is on ginger but we are open to all products. NAIRA Members who are interested in exporting and importing have been advised to send specific details to the Admin.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE YET TO PAY UP THEIR DUES OR PROVIDE THEIR GROUP FARM OPERATION FUNDS, PLEASE DO SO ON TIME BECAUSE THERE IS NO TIME AND WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO DELAY US. WE ALSO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DUTIFUL WITH THEIR PAYMENTS.
Kindly see photos and their descriptions below. Thank you very much as always, we deeply appreciate everyone and all questions are welcome. #UnitedWeStand!