The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, on Wednesday, disclosed that the objective of the Federal Government was to operate agricultural mechanisation programme in Nigeria with about 60,000 tractors.
Nanono stated that the programme would guarantee a standard alteration from subsistence practice to commercial agro-industrial farming for the production of food, acquisition of agricultural processing plants, production of fertiliser, among others.
The Minister announced this while hosting members of the Senior Executive Course NO 43(2021) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State.
According to a statement released in Abuja by Ezeaja Ikemefuna, the Chief Information Officer of the ministry, Nanono clarified that mechanisation would boost local technology development with over 600 private sector driven service centres, tractors, farming implements, storage and IT facilities.
He said, “This would address the challenge of feeding the nation’s growing population and achieving food sustainability, create jobs for teeming Nigerian youths and boost the economy.”
The Minister disclosed to his guests of the ministry’s plan to expand agricultural extension workers to 75,000 in several value chains for effective production of food and independence.
In her comments, the leader of the delegation and Director of Studies, NIPSS, Olufumilayo Para-Mallam, stated that the theme for the SEC 43, 2021, as endorsed by President Buhari was ‘Getting things done: Strategies for policy and programme implementation’.
Para-Mallam added that the ministry was crucial to justifiable growth and modification of the economy of Nigeria.
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