Kwara Govt moves to tackle food insecurity, launches new tractors to support farmers

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commissioned 15 new tractors and several modern farm implements, effectively towards the mechanisation component of the recently launched state agricultural transformation plan.

The farmers association expressed their pleasure for his support towards agriculture, especially smallholder farmers, in the state.

The Governor who said the whole focus of the transformation plan is “to achieve food security, sustainable growth, and create jobs”.

Some other implements launched included ploughs, harrows, ridgers, and a mobile workshop to properly manage the machines.

AbdulRazaq noted that mechanisation is key for the success of the crop production pillar of the agric blueprint and that this administration had kickstarted the implementation with the recent flag off of farm inputs subsidy scheme which gave at least 10,000 farmers access to improved seedlings, fertilisers and chemicals at half the market price.

The Governor highlighted at the event that the purchase of new tractors and implements is another milestone as his administration did not inherit any functional tractor when it came to office in 2019.

In attendance at the event was the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; House of Assembly Speaker Yakubu Danladi Salihu; the Grand Kadi of the State Shariah Courts of Appeal Hon. Justice Mohammed Ola Abdulkadir who stood in for the chief judge; House of Assembly members; cabinet members; and top APC chieftains led by caretaker chairman Abdullahi Samari.

The Governor said commissioning of 15 new tractors and implements flags off the mechanisation component of the Agric transformation plan and that this step speaks of the seriousness to truly transform farming methods and also put Kwara on the map of agribusiness.

He also said the objective of the mechanisation programme is to ensure increased output of higher value products,It will also eliminate hardship associated with agricultural production powered by human labour. This initiative has been designed to provide and the services for smallholder and commercial farmers in the state.

“This is just the first in the series of our mechanisation initiative. We would be acquiring more tractors and other sophisticated equipments like combined harvesters, planters, boom sprayer and others to support our farmers and boost production. This will totally transform the way crop production is carried out in Kwara state, and ensure that mechanisation becomes the norm for all farmers in the state.”

Speaker Salihu, on his part, pointed out that the AbdulRazaq’s administration has committed so much resources to support smallholder farmers since coming on board.

Permanent Secretary of the Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Hajia Maryam Nurudeen explained that the administration procured the cost-efficient and adaptable machineries to enhance the mechanisation programme with a view to advancing commercial agriculture in the state.

The event which marks the beginning of the second phase of the implementation of the State’s Agricultural Transformation Plan which is coming two weeks after the flag off of the Agricultural Input Subsidy Scheme is said to not have come at a better time when the rains are beginning to establish and farmers are returning to their various farms in readiness for preparation.

Hajia Nurudeen assured Kwarans that ordinary small scale farmers would reap the benefits of mechanised farming to scale up food production in the state with huge effect on efficiency of farmers as well as the quality and quantity of their produce. 

Samari said as a party there’s need to appreciate the Governor and also to continue letting the people know what the governor is doing.

Representatives of All Farmers Association of Nigeria in Kwara State Alhaji Mahmud Bello showing appreciation said this current administration’s supports are helpful to farming activities in the state and they are grateful for it’s numerous interventions in the sector.

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