Farmers and Stakeholders in the Agricultural sector have been advised to take advantage of the Federal government’s huge investment in the sector under the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda to go into large scale farming in order to reduce the over dependence on imported food currently being experienced in the country.
This advice was given by Dr. Ahmed Adekunle The Team Leader of the Advisory Ministerial committee on Mechanisation during the Regional Mechanisation stakeholder’s workshop & the unveiling of the Private Sector Driven Mechanisation Framework in Kaduna North – West Nigeria.
Dr. Adekunle said that the transformation Agenda has created enabling environment for a private sector driven Agricultural Mechanisation Framework with a view to rendering mechanisation services to Nigerian farmers nationwide.” The Federal ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture and Agro – Machinery Manufacturers representatives in an intervention programme have designed and intend to establish eighty Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprise (AEHE) centres which shall be located around but not limited to staple crops processing Zones” he Noted.
The Director, Federal Department of Agriculture Dr. Julius Odeyemi while delivering his speech said the Agricultural transformation Agenda is geared essentially to move agriculture from a development project to a profitable business venture which will provide youth employment, create wealth for farmers and a major driver in rural development.
Dr. Odeyemi noted that the Developed self sustaining mechanisation framework will be all inclusive covering land development, construction of rural roads, tractor rehabilitation, processing and general value addition. Adding that. The approach is to assist farmers and farmer organisations to either own tractors or have access to effective tractor hiring services that is private sector driven and sustainable.
The stakeholders workshop was well attended by farmers, farmer organisations, tractor owners and banks.