…as Gov Masari expresses hope over commissioned 225 tractors
By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA- TWO agribusiness giants, Springfield Agro Limited, a Kewalram Chanrai Group company, in partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd move to transform Katsina agricultural sector with mechanisation.
This was disclosed by executives of the two companies during the launch of Farm-To-Folk initiative in collaboration with Katsina State Government, aimed to achieve end-to-end farm mechanisation solution by farmers.
The Farm-To-Folk initiative will develop agriculture and farming ecosystem in Nigeria and provide customised farming solutions for every need of the farming community with institutional partners like Tractors Owners Operators Association of Nigeria, TOOAN, Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, NIRSAL, and Access Bank Plc, coordinating the mechanisation programme in the state.
According to the Vice President and Head of Operations, Africa Business, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Ashok Thakur, said the initiative would empower farmers to create wealth and massive production of food for people in the state and the nation at large.
“At Mahindra our core belief is that an informed farmer is an empowered farmer and we are delighted to provide them with resources to reap the most from what they sow.
“In fact, we have moved beyond just selling tractors and the idea is to enrich the farmers’ knowledge and ultimately drive ‘Farm Tech Prosperity’ and help them ‘Rise’. The launch of the Gromost Centre in Katsina State is in line with this philosophy”, Thakur stated.
According to him for decades now, Mahindra has been partnering in the growth story of Africa, which the idea behind launching Gromost Centres was to boost local employment, aid local sourcing, disseminate knowledge, enhance skill sets and offer custom made solutions.
In his remarks, Managing Director, Springfield Agro, Tarun Kumar Das, said private sector investment in the nation’s agricultural sector remains the way out to galvanise the economy, and expressed optimism that with the initiative smallholder farmers could rise and become a strong force in food production that would feed the nation and continent soon.
“Private sector investment in agriculture is the panacea to diversifying Nigeria’s economy. We need to deepen alliances and invest in new solutions. More importantly we want to be part of the smallholder farmer’s story by helping them rise. Given the proper support, the smallholder farmers can feed the future of the country and the continent”, Das said.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Bello Masari, expressed hope over commissioned 225 tractors for farmers’ use said his administration would make everything possible to increase food production and food security for its teeming population with special emphasis on ‘Farm Tech Prosperity’.
“Our intention is to deploy adequate farm machineries and mechanisation to a level that will boost agricultural productivity to at least 50 per cent of international standard and our effort is to encourage farming and increase support for the growth of farmers’ unions and other agro-based associations”, Masari stated.
The post Springfield Agro, Mahindra move to transform Katsina agric with mechanisation appeared first on Vanguard News.