Agric Minister to support farmers with mechanised equipment

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Mohammad Abubakar, has pledged Federal Government’s commitment to support farmers with mechanised equipment to promote food production in the country.

Abubakar, who gave the assurance at the maiden edition of the West Africa Agro-Fair 2022 conference in Abuja, noted that the government was working with local and international companies to engage in bilateral and multilateral agreements aimed at providing basic agricultural machinery for farmers.

According to him, about 10,000 tractors and 50,000 processing equipment are expected to be imported and distributed to all local governments across the country to create jobs.

Also, the minister pointed out that it was relevant to note that a nexus exists between technological growth and food security, saying the government is doing its best to mechanise agricultural practices.

“The government is doing everything possible to increase the number of tractors in the country to be made available, especially to smallholder farmers,” Abubakar stressed.

On his part, President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Farouk Rabi’u Mudi, noted that the initiative would not stop at boosting farmers’ productivity but also the economy.

He explained, “Using manual labour for one hectare of land will cost you about N40,000, but with mechanised equipment, you do the same land tilling at a cost of N6,000.”

Mudi said the development would greatly reduce post-harvest losses associated with the shortage of storage equipment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.