Springfield Agro Limited, a subsidiary of Kewalram Chanrai Group, in partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd have launched collaboration with the Katsina State government to begin the Farm-To-Folk initiative with 225 tractors.
The programme is an end-to-end farm mechanization solution to develop agriculture and farming system in Nigeria and provide customized farming solutions for every need of farming communities.
Dr Abba Abdullah, Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture said, “The small window available for sowing & harvesting enhances the need for mechanization in agriculture. There is stagnation in productivity because of the low mechanization level & low permeation of technology and this is the gap we hope to bridge.”
Dr Abdullah, who is a former president of Fisheries Society of Nigeria, said the state sought to deploy adequate farm machineries and mechanization to boost agricultural productivity.
Under this initiative, the company will not only provide tractors and farm equipment solutions, but will also set up agri centres across the state – Chibiyar Chi Gaban Manoma – Gromost Centre.
The Gromost Centre will be a one-stop-shop to empower farmers with the knowledge of soil, seeds, micro-irrigation and harvesting as well as the relevant method for caring of crops.
Speaking on the Farm to Folk initiative, Ashok Thakur, Vice President & Head of Operations -Africa Business, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, “At Mahindra our core belief is that an informed farmer is an empowered farmer and we are delighted to provide them with resources to reap the most from what they plant.