Farm implements

Kwara launches new tractors and agricultural implements to boost food security

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State on Wednesday ordered 15 new tractors and several modern farm implements, aimed at encouraging the mechanization component of the state’s recently launched agricultural transformation plan.

Speaking during the commissioning in Ilorin, the governor said that the main objective of the transformation plan was “to achieve food security, sustainable growth and create jobs”.

Other tools launched included plows, harrows, ridgers and a mobile workshop to properly manage the machines.

AbdulRazaq said mechanization is key to the success of the crop production pillar of the agricultural master plan and that the administration kicked off implementation with the recent removal of the agricultural input subsidy program which has enabled at least 10 000 farmers to access improved seedlings, fertilizers and chemicals. at half the market price.

“The purchase of new tractors and implements is another important step, because the administration did not inherit any functional tractors when it took office in 2019”, noted the governor during the event attended by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi Salihu; the Grand Kadi of the state Sharia Courts of Appeal, the Hon. Judge Mohammed Ola Abdulkadir who replaced the Chief Justice; members of the House of Assembly; members of the cabinet; and the main CPA chiefs led by interim president Abdullahi Samari.

“Today’s entry into service of 15 new tractors and machines signals the mechanization component of Agric’s transformation plan. I must mention, for the record, that our administration did not inherit any functional tractor in 2019. This step shows our seriousness to truly transform the way we cultivate and put Kwara on the agribusiness map ”, said the governor.

“The goal of our mechanization program is to ensure increased production of higher value products. It will also eliminate the difficulties associated with agricultural production fueled by human labor. This initiative was designed to provide mechanization services to smallholders and commercial farmers in the state.

“This is only the first in a series of our mechanization initiative. We would buy more tractors and other sophisticated equipment like combines, planters, boom sprayers and others to support our farmers and increase production. This will totally transform the way agricultural production is done in Kwara State and ensure that mechanization becomes the norm for all farmers in the state. “

President Salihu, for his part, stressed that the administration has committed so many resources to supporting small farmers since arriving on board.

“Our grassroots farmers can make a difference and we are truly grateful to the governor for the efforts made,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Kwara State, Hajia Maryam Nurudeen, explained that the administration had purchased cost-effective and adaptable machines to improve the mechanization program with a view to advancing the commercial agriculture in the state.

“Today’s event marks the start of the second phase of the implementation of the State’s Agricultural Transformation Plan which comes two weeks after the end of the agricultural input subsidy program. This program could not have come at a better time as the rains start to set in and our farmers return to their various farms ready to prepare, ”he said.

Hajia Nurudeen assured Kwarans that ordinary small farmers would take advantage of the benefits of mechanized agriculture to increase food production in the state, with a huge effect on the efficiency of farmers as well as the quality and quantity of their produce. .

Samari, for his part, said: “As a party we appreciate the governor and we will continue to let the people know what he is doing. It is not easy to make a change. We call on our people to continue supporting the government.

Representatives of the All Farmers of Nigeria Association in Kwara State, Alhaji Mahmud Bello, said, “All the support from your administration is useful for agricultural activities in the State. We thank you for your numerous interventions in the sector.

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