NCAM canvasses localisation of agric technologies


Mechanized agriculture

Executive Director of the National Center for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM) Ilorin, Dr. Yomi Kasali, conducted a survey of agricultural training, technological adaptation and knowledge sharing based on the specific needs of Nigeria's geopolitical zones to achieve better results and improve gross domestic product (GDP).

Kasali, referring to the participants at the training course on N-Agripreneur in Milling and Threshing on Wednesday at NCAM, said that the agricultural needs of each geopolitical zone should determine the agricultural machines that will be available in this area.

The International Fund has financed an event for the development of agriculture (IFAD) and NCAM.

According to the head of NCAM, "it's time to start distributing agricultural machinery, especially tools, in accordance with people's needs.

For example, what do we do with equipment related to tubers, where only grains are planted?

There should be nothing like an equal distribution of tools, but distribution in accordance with the needs of people.

"In NCAM, one of our main mandates is the design and manufacture of agricultural machinery.

When we perform this function, we understand the diverse agricultural belts in the country and, thus, develop tools in accordance with their needs and characteristics.

We expect fair distribution. It is useless if the developed equipment is stored where they are not needed. "

Kasali said the center trained personnel who could instill special skills in mechanization and marketing of crops, encouraging 95 participants to return to their communities and spread the skills of others.

He expressed optimism that if they become trainers in their communities, as expected, the losses after harvesting will be minimized.

Earlier, the representative of IFAD-CASP, Mr. Bello Achem, described the training as "technically satisfactory", encouraging participants to spread knowledge before they forget.

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