Nanono to NIPSS Participants: FG targets 60,000 tractors to drive agric mechanization

By Chimezie Godfrey

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural , Muhammad has said that the Federal Government is targeting about 60, 000 tractors to drive the Agricultural Mechanization Programme. 

He said the programme would ensure a paradigm – shift from subsistence practice to commercial agro- industrial farming for , procurement of agricultural processing plants, fertilizer production, enhance value chains among benfits.

made the assertion while receiving in audience the Participants of the Senior Executive Course (SEC) NO 43(2021) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State in his office .

The Minister noted that mechanization would enhance local technologies evolution with 600 private sector driven centers, equipped, tractors, farming implements, storage and IT facilities. 
 According to him, agricultural mechanization now revolves around the , adding that 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.

informed the participants of the ministry’s plans to increase agricultural extension workers to 75,000 on various value chains for efficient and self-sufficiency.

In her remarks, the of the delegation and Director, Studies (NIPSS), and  the Director of Studies (NIPSS), Prof. Olufumilayo Para- expressed delight to be at the ministry for the interactive discourse on agricultural policies of the ministry.

Prof. Para- stressed that ‘’the theme for the SEC 43, 2021 as approved by Mr. President, is Getting Things Done: Strategies for Policy and Programme Implementation’’, and that the ministry is  critical to and diversification of the Economy .

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe said that policy and programme implementation is the nerve of every government as political translate their wishes, aspirations and promises to the through aspect of governance, especially for a country that has survived the devastation of COVID -19 Pandemic cannot come at a better time than now.