Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has awarded N344. 33million contract for the supply of 100 units of tractors, to revamp agriculture.
The tractors will be delivered in two consignments, within 30 days, as contained in a Memorandum of Understanding between the government and an indigenous contractor, Messrs. Hello Nigeria Ltd.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Binta Rabi’u, signed on behalf of the government.
She said: “The move is a demonstration of Governor Ganduje’s commitment to revamp food production and make our economy thriving, in line with the vision of the Federal government.
“The government’s determination is manifested in key interventions, including revitalisation of our agricultural input company, KASCO, resulting in bumper food production in Kano, in the last two years.”
A director of Hello Nigeria Ltd., Dr. Bashir Muhammad, promised to abide by the construal obligation, which he noted, would contribute towards attaining the government’s vision and mission.
The government would procure agricultural implements, such as combined harvesters, threshers and other simple modern farming equipment for farmers, from China, Ganduje said.
The governor, who is on an official trip to Hunan Province, China, spoke after a meeting with officials of Hunan Sunfeild Machinery Ltd, a leading manufacturer of mechanised faming equipment and components, in China.
He said: “Apart from this, we have asked the company to consider establishing an assembly plant for its products, in Kano, to serve as an outlet for Nigeria and West Africa, and their response was positive.”
Ganduje said if established, the investment would not only enhance agricultural mechanisation and improve yields, but would also facilitate job creation and technology transfer.