Founder and supremo of El-Harun Construction and Metal Work, Haruna Musa Panteka has divulged his organisation’s plans towards promoting / encouraging ideas and skills to complement government’s efforts in achieving food sufficiency in the country.
El-Harun Construction and Metal Work is situated in Panteka area of Kaduna metropolis, where Haruna and his colleagues fabricate different kinds of agricultural paraphernalia for various agro products.
In an exclusively detailed interview with Haruna on Sunday, he claimed that the company’s most recent objectives revolves around harnessing ideas, skills to complement government’s efforts in achieving food sustainability.
“There is this multipurpose thresher designed to filter dust, straw, husk, sand of various farm produce like maize, beans, guinea corn, soya beans, millet, which facilitates as well as speeds up cleaning process.”
“We have our own God-given talent to develop our country and we observed what people need at a particular time and this made us to develop interest in agricultural tools. We realise there were no threshers for processing beans and sorghum in the market and we decided to construct the device to boost its production. We also fabricated similar machine for rice processing. In a day, this machine can thresh between 150 to 200 bags of the above mentioned produce.”
Haruna further stressed about the necessity for farmers to aquire modernized machines such as the recently innovated sieving device designed to sieve several farm produce like sesame seeds, which due to lack of harvesting equipment, usually come with sand.
“This machine removes all dust, husk and sand perfectly well without necessarily going through the local method and it removes sand 100 percent.”
He also said that the machines were made locally without any foreign too, though the only foreign part is the electric power machine meant. Asides that, the wheel and other components were been locally constructed in the turner machine.
Thus, Haruna also cited the presence of competition in the business of fabricating agricultural tools in Kaduna.
“I am not alone, we have seven different teams that are fabricating agricultural tools here in Panteka market in Kaduna.”
Speaking on the constraints/challenges the firm faces especially in the area of production and marketing:
“Our major challenge is how Nigerians will support our initiative by patronizing our products instead of going for foreign ones.”
“Secondly we need financial support from government because the biggest hurdles we are facing is lack of capital to produce the machines. If we can get support from government, we have the potentials to provide world class agricultural equipment to boost commercial agriculture in the country. You know for you to fabricate an invention like this, it will cost a lot of money because for you sell the equipment in market you need enough capital to produce scores of it.”
Haruna also stated that this machine came into reality after several efforts of trials, testing and failure for over 20 months before got it right.
However, he claimed they have made persistent efforts applying for government loan,which has been unsuccessful so far, but they remain optimistic about it.