With the aim of improving the agricultural sector of the country, recent reports have it that a Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed upon and successfully signed by the Nigerian Agricultural Mechanisation and Equipment Leasing (NAMEL) and Mantrac Nigeria to open up an additional 500,000 hectares of farmland to boost mechanised farming in the country.
During the course of signing of MOU with Mantrac, Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer NAMEL, Dr Ahmed Adekunle, revealed that the need to further develop farmland was from the backdrop of 10,000 units of tractors that were to be deployed into the country in four tranches of 2,500.
The programme essence of the programme is geared towards actualisation several initiatives which includes; increasing food production to about 2,500 metric tonnes yearly within five years and to also de-stump about 1million hectares of poorly cleared land in the country. Thus, the project is targeted at developing a minimum of 10,000 hectares of arable land per state in collaboration with the federal, state, local government and the private sector.
Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, also lauded the initiative, saying there was pressing need to further boost Nigeria’s aagricultural mechanization to increase food production due to increasing population.