ALGON, 16 Foreign Investors To Assist Farmers With 43,590 Equipment

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As part of the nation’s new agricultural revolution project, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and 16 foreign partners will provide farmers in 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) with 43,590 equipment under a Comprehensive Local Agricultural Plan (C-LAP) .

The new policy is designed to increase food production and boost farmers’ access to vital tools.

The Organizing Secretary of C-LAP, Dr. Tanay Joshi, broke the news at the unveiling of the project blueprint at the first annual international seminar on the scheme in Abuja

He gave the breakdown of the machinery as follows: 3,874 tractors, purchase of 15, 048 combine harvesters and 24, 668 other farm tools to be deployed in farms nationwide.

He described C-LAP as an integrated and participatory action plan formulated for rural farmers and such expected to add value to the nation’s agricultural raw materials, while showcasing the country to global agricultural markets.

He said the project would be executed through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to ensure sustainability.

Joshi said: “C-LAP is adopting bottom-up approach from the LGAs. We will deploy technologies that are affordable and accessible. So we have prepared to purchase 3,874 tractors, 15, 048 combine harvesters and 24,668 farm tools.”

”The main thrust of the experts and policymakers of C-LAP is to consider agricultural growth as a tool for poverty reduction and the need to diversify agricultural production on the basis of geographical locations and commercialization of agro-products.

“This plan will also create business opportunities for franchise operators, jobs for the youth and reduce wastage of agricultural produce, as there is a defined retail network to absorb production.

“It will empower farmers and agripreneurs through self-employment as an option for generating additional income and boosting full-fledged livelihood sustainability.

“C-LAP will create opportunities for private investors to invest in food chains and the business can be taken to the capital market in three to four years to make the local government a financially viable tier of government.

“C-LAP will be implemented in the 774 LGAs of Nigeria over an initial five-year period and under this project, the component of food security and livelihood enhancement has been given top priority.

One of the key facilitators of the scheme, Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu, said the project will help to combat all unemployment in the country.