Food Security: Buhari orders NASENI to deploy refurbished tractors to farmers

Food Security: Buhari orders NASENI to deploy refurbished tractors to farmers

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to deploy all its refurbished tractors to farmers to boost agricultural activities in the country.

 

The Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, told State House correspondents that the president gave the order when he briefed him about the activities of the agency at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

 

Haruna stated that the presidential directive was in line with the Buhari administration’s efforts to revamp the agricultural sector.

 

The NASENI boss, who said that he updated the president on the achievements as well as challenges of the agency, quoted Buhari as saying that tractors were one of the most crucial implements that could facilitate farmers’ efforts to realise bountiful harvests.

 

“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.

Haruna said that NASENI had successfully refurbished several of tractors at its institute in Minna, Niger State, via partnership arrangements.

 

He said that Machine & Equipment Consortium Africa (MECA), Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL) and NASENI were the principal partners in the project.

He said that the president was eager to see that the refurbished tractors were deployed to farmers before the next farming season.

 

According to him, the president is concerned about the state of drudgery and suffering by farmers lacking modern farm implements.

 

Haruna said that Buhari expressed satisfaction with the activities of NASENI, particularly its efforts to fabricate agricultural tools and undertake reverse-engineering of modern machines that could boost agricultural activities.

 

He reiterated the commitment of NASENI to providing capital goods, machines and equipment which were needed for the industrialisation and transformation of the economy.

 

He said that the presidential marching order and the availability of the tractors to fulfil that order was a testimony that NASENI was up and alive as regards its mandate.

 

“All what we need is support by every Nigerians and governments so we can continue to fulfil our mandate to the nation,’’ he added.

 

He listed the achievements of NASENI to include the production of the first made-in-Nigeria tricycle (KEKE NASENI) — both passenger and cargo types.

 

According to him, the technology has been handed over to Innoson Vehicle Nigeria Ltd. for commercialisation and mass production for the markets.

 

He further disclosed that NASENI had designed and produced the first made-in-Nigeria motorcycle, the first made-in-Nigeria solar-powered electronic voting device.

 

“NASENI is the agency of government currently manufacturing locally solar panels as well as other solar products and accessories in the whole of West Africa.

 

“NASENI has produced first made-in-Nigeria transformers, which were designed and produced by Nigerian engineers, who were trained recently in China. All the engineers are from NASENI,’’ he said.

 

Besides, Haruna said that the agency had produced an Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV), used for spraying of pesticides on farms and for surveillance purposes.

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