President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to deploy all refurbished tractors to farmers to boost agricultural activities in the country.
The Vice Chairman of NASENI, Mohammed Haruna, told State House correspondents that the president gave the order when he updated him on the activities of the agency at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Haruna said this directive was in line with the Buhari administration’s efforts to revamp the agricultural sector.
President Buhari had on Dec. 29 assured Nigerians that his administration would keep a keen eye on food inflation in the New Year by ensuring food security through mass agricultural activities across the country.
However, the NASENI boss, who said he updated the president on the achievements as well as challenges of the agency, quoted Buhari as saying that one of the most crucial modern implements required to till the ground to aid farmers to realise bountiful harvests are farming aids like tractors.
“My briefing of Mr President today is a routine. Mr President is the Chairman, Governing Board of NASENI.
“So, we are here to update him on the activities of the agency – what we have achieved so far within this period and what we need his intervention on,’’ he said.
He said that the agency had successfully refurbished several of such tractors at its institute in Minna, Niger, through the Partnership arrangements.
Haruna named the trio of Machine & Equipment Consortium Africa (MECA), the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL) and NASENI as principal partners in the project.
According to him, the president is concerned about the state of drudgery and suffering by farmers without modern farm implements.
Haruna said the president, who is the Chairman of the Governing Board of NASENI, expressed satisfaction with the activities of the Agency most especially the efforts to fabricate agricultural tools and reverse-engineering of modern machines and equipment aimed at boosting agricultural activities.
The NASENI boss reiterated the commitment of the agency to build Nigeria and Nigerians’ confidence in providing capital goods, machines and equipment needed for industrialisation and transformation of the economy.