Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, has stated that the Federal Government is targeting about 60, 000 tractors to drive the Agricultural Mechanization Programme.
Nanon stated this 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 visited his office in Abuja.
The minister said the programme would ensure a paradigm shift from subsistence practice to commercial agro-industrial farming for food production, procurement of agricultural processing plants, fertilizer production, enhance value chains among others.
Nanono noted that mechanisation would enhance local technology’s evolution, with over 600 Private Sectors Driven Services centres, equipped, tractors, farming implements, storage and IT Facilities.
He said that agricultural mechanisation now revolves around the world, as it would address the challenge of feeding the Nation’s growing population and achieving food sustainability, create jobs for teeming Nigeria Youths and boost the economy.
The minister also informed the participants of the ministry’s plans to increase agricultural Extension Workers to 75,000 on various value chains for efficient food production and self-sufficiency.
In her remarks, the leader of the delegation and Director, Studies, NIPSS, Prof. Olufumila Para-Mallam, expressed delight to be at the ministry for the interactive discourse on agricultural policies of the ministry.
She also said that the theme for the SEC 43, 2021 as approved by Mr President, is getting things done: through ‘Strategies for Policy and Programme Implementation’, as she added that the ministry is critical to sustainable development and diversification of the economy.
In his welcome address, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Ernest Umakhihe stated that policy and programme implementation is the nerve of every government, as political leaders translate their wishes, aspirations and promise to the people through aspects of governance, especially for a country that has survived the devastation of Covid-19 Pandemic.
While giving a review of Agricultural Policies in Nigeria, the Director, Planning and Policy Coordination in the Ministry, Alhaji Zubairu Abdullahi stated that the need for presidential intervention for integrating agricultural financing and inputs into agricultural value chain development of the Ministry.
He also stated that the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Trust Fund/Agricultural Development Trust Fund is meant to support value-chain development, research and achieve self-sufficiency and competitiveness in Agriculture and recapitalisation of the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Cooperation and Bank of Agriculture.

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