The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria Mr. Audu Ogbeh says the Federal Government has placed a ban on the importation of threshers and Tillers.
Mr. Ogbeh made the disclosure at an event where the ministry distributed Threshers and Tillers to rice farmers from 12 rice producing states in Nigeria.
The minister said since the discovery that the equipment can be fabricated in Nigeria, the Government will work with local fabricators to produce the equipment in Nigeria.
“From now on any new one we bring in will be made here; we are not bringing anyone in from China or India, the ban is immediate if we can make it here why import it? The only thing is we have to give them standards of the kind of metals they must use because if the metals are too light the machines will not last a season,” he explained.
He said the ministry is working with government financial institutions to work out the modalities for the fabricators.
“We met yesterday with the Bank of Industry and the central bank of Nigeria; they are going to set the standard on what kind of metals can be used so the machines can endure”
During the distribution exercise at the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Abuja, the Ministry distributed five hundred units of Threshers and one hundred units of power Tillers to support rice farming in 12 rice producing states in Nigeria
The permanent secretary of the ministry of Agriculture Shehu Usman Ahamed said the distribution is an effort by the federal Government to help local rice farmers to boost rice production in the country.
“The ministry’s intentions is to amongst others encourage local production, value additions processing and packaging of agricultural products to facilitate trade development and showcase small and medium enterprises potentials for wealth creation agricultural enterprises. It will also expose non-oil product and services for export with a view to promoting competitiveness and recognition in the international market”
He said the distribution of the equipment form part of the millennium development Goals now Sustainable Development Goals in enhancing Rural Agriculture.
The twelve benefitting states are Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa, Enugu, Ebonyi, Taraba, Adamawa, Oyo, Niger, Katsina, Bayelsa and Anambra.
At another event ministry of Agriculture renewed its memorandum of Understanding with FrieslandCampina WAMCO on Dairy Development Programme in Nigeria.
The signing of the MoU took place at an event hosted by FrieslandCampina WAMCO in Abuja the Nigerian Capital.
The Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Mr. Rahul Colaco says the company has been working with the ministry of Agriculture in collecting millions of litres of milk from over two thousand five hundred farmers every year in Nigeria for the past five years for milk production.
Mr. Colaco said the companies target is to build a legacy in developing local dairy industry in line with international standard.