We commenced engaging and supporting smallholder rice farmers in 2016. Today, in total we have aggregated and worked with more than 8000 small-holder farmers in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State where we operate our paddy rice aggregation program. Ibaji is a vast agricultural area consisting of more than 60 rice farming communities and has more than 300,000 hectares of fertile swampy lowlands for rice cultivation. In total, there are more than 100,000 small-holder farmers cultivating rice in this local government annually.
Our goal is to annually aggregate and support 500,000 smallholder rice farmers across Nigeria who will annually produce 3.5 million tons of paddy rice by 2035.
Our company is currently a registered maize supplying vendor for some of Nigeria`s biggest food and Agro-allied companies namely: Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), Olam, Grand Cereals, and many more. In total, we have supplied more than 6000 tons of maize to these companies and other smaller customers. For our maize operations, we work with small-holder maize farmers in the Saminaka area of Kaduna state. We aggregate these farmers and buy back their maize produce at harvest into our warehouses. We currently operate grains storages warehouses in Mariri and Yadi-Garu communities; both in Saminaka area of Kaduna State. We temporarily store aggregated maize in our warehouses before delivering to our end-user customers. Altogether, we have aggregated and worked with more than 4000 smallholder maize farmers in Saminaka area of Kaduna state since 2020.
In 2021, we aggregated, trained, and provided inputs to 2500 maize farmers in Saminaka area of Kaduna State. Our target was to off-take and buy back at least 8000 tons of maize from these farmers. By 2025, our goal is to aggregate 50,000 maize farmers under our Hemam Farmers` Program and be able to off-take and buy back at least 100,000 tons of maize from these farmers annually.
Palm kernel is derived from cracking of palm nuts. We procure large quantity of palm nuts, crack these nuts and extract the palm nuts from the palm shells. We either sell the palm kernels or we process the palm kernels into Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) and Palm Kernel Cake (PKC). We our palm kernels, PKO and PKC to large Vegetable Oil processing companies in Nigeria. Palm kernel is a big part of our business operations-contributing a large part of our company`s revenue. Palm kernel shells, a bye-product of cracking palm nuts also generate additional revenues for us. Palm shells are used a fuel for generating heat by companies for their productions. By 2025, our goal is to achieve annual sales of palm kernels and its improved value chain products of 25,000 tons.
Soya beans demand in Nigeria is growing exponentially, largely due to growing numbers of agro-processing companies utilizing this protein-rich crop as raw material for their productions. Soya Bean is one of the prominent crops that’s largely cultivated in Saminaka area and other parts of Kaduna state. Taking advantage of the increasing demands for Soya Beans and leveraging on our experience working with small-holder farmers, in 2021, we aggregated and procured 1,500 tons of soybeans from more than 1000 smallholder farmers in Saminaka area of Kaduna state. Our big goal is to aggregate 50,000 small-holder Soya Beans farmers and off-take 50,000 tons of Soya Beans annually from these farmers by 2025.