The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Kano has secured 30 tractors for hiring to farmers across the state to boost food production.
The state AFAN Chairman, Mr. Faruk Rabi’u, said that the tractors were procured from India to enhance the state’s mechanised farming programme.
According to him, the association found it necessary to introduce mechanised farming in order to shift from the traditional farming system for improved agricultural production.
He said interested farmers could hire the tractors from the committee set up by the association for the purpose.
Rabi’u said that the tractor hiring service which commenced this planting season has been hugely successful as it reduced the amount of money farmers paid labourers to plough their farms, noting that a farmer who used to spend N30, 000 to plough his farm would now pay only N6, 000 to plough the same farm with a tractor.
The AFAN chairman said the committee had a system of monitoring the location of the tractors to ensure that none went beyond the state.
He said the association had planned to procure additional tractors to enable more farmers to benefit from the scheme.
Rabi’u commended the Kano State Government for paying 25 per cent equity contribution to the company from which the tractors were procured.
Source : Voice of Nigeria