Katsina: Govt to supply 400 tractors to farmers -Mannir Yakubu

 

The Katsina State Government says it has received delivery of 50 out of the 400 tractors to be  supplied by an Indian firm through a Public Private  Partnership (PPP), to boost agricultural  mechanisation in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that  was sequel to a Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU) signed by the State Government and Indian  firm about six months ago for the supply of the  tractors to the farmers.

Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, the state Deputy Governor,  who disclosed this while inspecting the 50 tractors  in Katsina on Monday, said that the decision would  encourage commercialization of agriculture through  mechanisation.

Yabubu, also the Commissioner for Agriculture, said that the tractors would be given on hire basis to  farmers through the Tractor Owners and  Operators Association at a subsidised rate.

He said that this was part of the state  government’s Restoration Agenda in agricultural  sector aimed at commercialising the agriculture  through mechanisation to make it the mainstay of  the state’s economy.

He said that the state government had also  procured other farm inputs worth millions of Naira  and distributed to farmers for both wet and dry  season farming at subsidised rate.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser to Gov. Bello  Masari on Agriculture, Dr Abba Abdullahi, said that  the state required 1,000 tractors to make  agriculture fully mechanised.

He expressed the determination of the  administration to achieve the target within the  next three years.

Abdullahi announced that the Indian firm would set  up assembling plant in the state which would also  assist to create jobs for teeming number of  unemployed youths.

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