Nigeria, Brazil plan assembling 77,400 tractors – Senate panel chair

“Assembly plants for the tractors would be cited in Nigeria. There will be service centres in each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

“Each centre will oversee the number of tractors that are allocated to each local government and there would be at least 10 in each local government area.

“There will also be training of the youths on how to handle the tractors and the basic maintenance of the equipment.

“It is hoped that once we are done with the installation in the 774 LGAs, it will give a new lease of life to agriculture and the young men and women will be the major beneficiaries because it would provide job opportunities.”

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Adamu also stressed the need for farmers to add value to their crops by investing in techniques that would enable them to preserve their produce.

He said, “Every crop has a value chain which is what you do to preserve it and add value to it from the day it is harvested up to the time it goes to the table if it is a food crop or up to the time it goes to the factory if it is an industrial crop.

“Just like mechanisation, preservation is still at a preliminary stage. What the government is talking about now is the issue of value addition to get farmers to appreciate the fact that they have to add value.”

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