The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and stakeholders in Nigeria’s agricultural sector have urged the Federal Government to make tractors easily accessible to farmers.
The IITA said making tractors available to farmers would not only enhance their yields and production, but assist in the optimisation of agricultural research both at the institute and among stakeholders.
The institute, alongside other industry players, disclosed this at the recent Hello Tractor Tech Conference in Abuja.
A representative of the IITA, Gbassay Tarawali, noted that if tractors were made readily accessible, farming which used to be seen as stressful in the past, would be embraced by many citizens, especially Nigerian youths.
He commended the Hello Tractor initiative that was unveiled by Hello Tractor Tech, adding that it would allow farmers to rent tractors at subsidised rates in order to boost agricultural mechanisation across the country.
The Founder, Hello Tractor Tech, Jehiel Oliver, said there had been a dearth of mechanised farming in Nigeria, adding that his firm was doing all it could to make tractors accessible to farmers at the grass roots and at all other levels.
He said, “Our job as a company is to use the Hello Tractor technology to ensure that the tractor owners can make use of their investment in such a way that is economical by grouping farmers and assigning a tractor to them even to those in the villages.
“The minister (of agriculture) has put in measures to facilitate private sector interest in the market and to what we do. Hello Tractor also sells technology that would ensure that the ecosystem is successful in order to benefit the tractor owner, booking agent, operator and dealers.”
He added, “So, our goal in terms of working with the government is to ensure that the right policies are put in place to achieve all these.”