LAGOS, NIGERIA — Nigeria and Crown Flour Mills (OLAM grains) are partnering to increase wheat production in the country, WorldStage reported, citing Muhammed Nanono, agriculture minister of Nigeria.

The goal of the partnership is to decrease wheat imports, increase food security and nutrition and create more jobs.

Nanono told WorldStage efforts to expand wheat production include providing quality seeds, modern agriculture practices and technology to farmers.    

During a meeting with the agriculture minister, Damilola Adeniyi, manager of corporate affairs for Crown Flour Mills, intends to share recent research results from its trials of heat tolerant wheat. Adeniyi is optimistic it will increase Nigeria’s wheat production and improve quality, WorldStage reported.