14 February 2013

Nigeria: Amosun Boosts Agric Production With N.5 Billion Equipment

GOVERNOR Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, yesterday said that if farming in Nigeria were to be attractive to the younger generation and the current trend of rural-urban migration tamed, methods of carrying out agricultural production must be improved upon.

Amosun spoke in Abeokuta while commissioning the over N0.5 billion land clearing and preparation equipment procured by his administration to enhance agricultural production in the state.

The implements include four bulldozers, 30 MF275 tractors, 33 Baldan disc ploughs, 15 Baldan disc Harrows, two Baldan rotary slashers and two Baldan 4 Row-Planters.

Amosun noted that lack of agricultural land breaking equipment and the high cost of land clearing had limited farmers to subsistence level of production, thereby discouraging youths from taking to farming as a business which had become a major constraint to increased agricultural production.

He said: "I am aware that the last time agricultural land breaking equipment was procured in our dear state was about three decades ago. The same equipment was boarded in 2006 due to old age and high cost of maintenance without any replacement plan. This consequently limited our farmers to subsistence level of production, thereby discouraging our youths from taking to farming as business."

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