Federal government of Nigeria has signed signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with John Deere, an Agricultural Machinery Company to enhance mechanised farming.
Lifestyle Nigeria reports that this was in furtherance to the Ministry of Agriculture’s production of 2000 tractors to annually enhance mechanised farming to boost food production, food and nutrition security, job creation and others.
During the signing, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, noted that it was a follow-up to the meeting between Nigeria’s Vice President Ibrahim Shettima and top officials of John Deere at the recent World Food Prize Foundation held in lowa, USA.
Kyari said the strategic partnership aims to establish a tractor plant in Nigeria reflecting the Federal Government’s commitment to modernising agriculture and promoting self-sufficiency in food production.
The Minister highlighted the multifaceted benefits of this initiative, including increased food production, employment opportunities and advancement in the nation’s food and nutrition.
He explained that JohnDeere was a leading development manufacturing of Agricultural Machinery and was over 186 years and have the experience with good brand name that had been in the forefront of Agriculture.
While stressing that John Deere (Asia Private Limited) had the experience and record, Kyari noted that the company would train artisans on how to operate the Machinery.
He added that government would not off-take the tractors after production but provide the enabling environment to make the tractors affordable at low-interest rate to Nigerian farmers and boost all-year round farming.