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FEATURE Olam's rice nucleus program N igeria is the second largest importer of rice in the world and the largest net importer in Africa, and it grows only 65% of its rice consumption needs. Olam International, Singapore, is trying to overcome this challenge through development of an innovative nucleus model that combines a commercial farm with a program that works with nearby farmers, called outgrowers. Olam said this approach gives it greater control over its product while still allowing it to train local small-scale farmers in rice production. With the opening of Olam's state-of-the-art rice mill in Nigeria's Nasarawa state in July, the country is closer to being a major rice exporter instead of a rice importing country. "The investment by Olam in a commercial rice farm and integrated rice mill will help boost domestic production and milling of international quality grade rice in Nigeria," said Akinwumi Adesina, minister of agriculture of Nigeria. "This is a clear demonstration that our approach of taking agriculture as a business, while enabling the private sector to drive growth of the agriculture sector, is working." The goal of the rice nucleus program is to create a regional hub of activity in a marginal area that benefits the company and local farmers, according to the Rockefeller Foundation, which recognized the program as a catalytic innovation in African agriculture in 2013. Olam wants to increase Nigeria's domestic rice production through yields from the commercial farm along with rice from the outgrowers program. In addition to reducing agricultural imports, it will help grow the country's economy. 90 by Susan Reidy Company trying innovative approach that combines commercial operation with local growers, stateof-the-art mill The model is the first of its kind in Nigeria, and is one of the first large-scale rice farming operations in Africa. Olam said it hopes the approach can be a model for similar operations in Nigeria and other African nations. "In 25 years, Olam is proud to have been a part of Nigeria's development of strong export supply chains for world markets. Olam was one of the first to export sesame from Nigeria - and now Nigeria is one of the world's biggest suppliers," said Mukul Mathur, Olam Nigeria country head. "Today we hope that the success of our rice model will kick-start domestic production in a similar manner, unlocking the opportunity for businesses and smallholders alike, and reducing Nigeria's need to import 1.9 million tonnes of rice each year." NUCLEUS MODEL Olam Nigeria started working in the nation's rice sector through a farmer cooperative system. It partnered with the First Bank of Nigeria to provide cooperatives with seed capiAugust 2014 / World Grain /

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World Grain - August 2014
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From the Editor-in-chief - Fundamentals drive wheat prices
Calendar of Events
Latin American milling conferences
News Review - Interflour to build flour mill in Philippine free-trade zone
San Miguel to double flour milling capacity
ADM Milling completes expansion in Indiana
Bartlett building grain facility in Kansas
Cargill to build grain facility in Arkansas
Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorean baker
Didion Milling names vice-president, business development
GrainCorp buys stake in Egyptian flour miller
Egypt purchases 5.1 million tonnes of wheat in 2013-14
United Grain plans bigger expansion at port
E.U. feed groups want decision on GMs
Toepfer renamed ADM Germany
E.U., EIB to work together on agriculture
Uzbekistan harvests record 8 million tonnes of grain
Ungashick joins World Grain sales team
E.U. sets import duty for first time in nearly four years
CHS earnings up 51% in third quarter
CHS makes management changes
Ardent Mills selects office location
Grain Market Review - Coarse grains
Country Focus - South Africa
Feature - Dawn of a New Era
Ardent Mills partners, executives, bring deep roots in flour milling
Regional Review - A Vital Grain Producer
Regional Review - Overflowing with Oilseeds
Regional Review - Export Challenges
Feature - Using Corn as a 'Lifeline'
LifeLine products
Technical Profile - Demanding the best
Feature - A Growing Issue
Feed Operations - Pellet Mills
Feature - Debugging your facility
Species spotted
Guest Commentary - Unforgettable: How flour saved Berlin
Feature - Olam's rice nucleus program
Rice Quarterly - UN sets acceptable levels of arsenic in rice
New rice mill planned for Arkansas
Italy wants ‘fairer’ rice deal
Thailand province developing jasmine rice
Thailand’s rice price shoots up on drought
Supplier News
Product Showcase
World Grain Archive
Ad Index/Fax Back Program

World Grain - August 2014