Oracle group building farmers’ capacity in agribusiness — GMD

Makurdi –  Mr Chris Omiyi, the Group Managing Director, Oracle Group of Companies, says the group plans to transform its integrated farms into a research centre to enhance farmers’ capabilities in agribusiness.

Omiyi said this on Tuesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Naka Road farm of the group in Makurdi.

He said that the farms were gradually turning into a research centre, owing to its high quality of resource persons.

NAN reports that the Oracle conglomerate, which started operations about 20 years ago, is owned by Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue.

Omiyi said: “We are heading toward making it a research centre where farmers would be trained in their efforts to achieve improved output.’’

He said the farms had very competent workers who were even fabricating spare parts for the company’s machinery.

He called on farmers across the state to take due advantage of the farms by acquiring professional skills in agribusiness.

Related Story:  NNPC intervenes to ease farmers’ fuel problems in Adamawa

Omiyi denied certain allegations that snakes were bred on the farms, saying: “There is no element of truth in that assertion.

“It is a mere fabrication of idle minds because in our programme, we don’t have plans for snakes and there is no need for them.

“What we are trying to do is to multiply snails, not snakes; these are two different things. We are starting with 2,000 snails and this is not our first time of breeding snails.’’

He said the oracle group farms, which were among the three biggest farms in the state, had a target production of 5,000 tonnes of rice per annum.

Besides, Omiyi said that the company was pioneering a project in the state called “cassava peels conversion process’’ which involved the conversion of cassava peels into animal feeds.

He said that the experts in the company’s farms were working on animals feeds that would aid the efforts of herdsmen to fatten up their cattle.

Related Story:  FADAMA III spends N437m on road construction, dams rehabilitation in Niger–Official

He noted that the herdsmen’s cattle often lost so much weight while trekking long distances in search of grass, with the attendant risk of encountering conflicts with farmers in the process.

According to him, it will be easier for the herdsmen to keep their cattle in ranches and buy feeds that would provide better nutrients for the cattle.

Omiyi, however, called for a synergy between farmers and herdsmen to avoid conflicts over grazing lands.

“Farmers and herdsmen can coexist without crises; it is just a matter of understanding,’’ he added

He said that the Oracle group was no longer funded and managed by the governor, adding that Ortom had disengaged from the company before 2011.

“We have taken loans from FCMB, NEXIM Bank and UBA; we have three facilities running that we are paying now; I go to the banks as the GMD to negotiate loans in my name,’’ he said. (NAN)

Sundiata Post Media Ltd.

Address: 3rd Floor Office Suite, Bayelsa State Guest House, Plot 1038, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel: 08033083361, 08094208271, and 092900705
Whatsapp: 08053069436
BBM PIN: 5619150D

Enugu Regional Office: SW 1 New Haven Shopping Mall, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0)7062582838

London Office: 18 Belgrave Avenue, Wd18 7UE, Watford, United Kingdom.
Tel: +447417554143
Dubai Office: PAU Management Suite, Level 23 - Boulevard Plaza Tower 2, Emaar Boulevard,
P. O. Box 124342, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 4 4096849 | Fax: +971 4 409 6850
About Us

SundiataPost is published by Sundiata Post Media Limited, Sundiata Post is Nigeria’s most authoritative online newspaper and ranks among the top five online news platforms in Nigeria.

Guild of Corporate online publishers
A Glance at Our Advert Rate.

Inside Pages

Size In Pixels - Amount

120×180 - N27,967.50

300×100 - N24,695

Text Link - N11,275

More Details info

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advert Rate