Agro com­mod­ity as­so­ci­a­tion gets trac­tor hir­ing cen­tres in Ow­erri

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri.

Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­tural Com­mod­ity As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (FACAN) in Imo State has se­cured govern­ment’s ap­proval to serve as a trac­tor hir­ing cen­tre.

The Imo State di­rec­tor Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture Mr. Cle­ment Iwunze dis­closed this to Daily Trust in his of­fice Ow­erri, re­cently.

He said this was in ad­di­tion to the ap­proval for the clear­ing of 100 hectares of farm land to the as­so­ci­a­tion to be lo­cated at Ow­erri West LGA of Imo State for cas­sava cul­ti­va­tion.

Be­fore now, the Federal Min­istry has ear­lier en­tered into dis­cus­sions with rel­e­vant agencies and of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing state di­rec­tors on the need to es­tab­lish a trac­tor hir­ing cen­tres in the state from where trac­tors would be hired to in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als at an af­ford­able rate.

Iwunze said that the state branch of the Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture might al­low the as­so­ci­a­tion to use its premises as its trac­tor hir­ing cen­tre.

The state di­rec­tor of FACAN Mrs. Opara Stela said that both the cen­tre and the 100 hectares of farm land would be sit­u­ated at Ow­erri West, adding the as­so­ci­a­tion would pay its own coun­ter­part fund to en­able it be­gin func­tion­ing.

She also said that the trac­tors would be hired out to farm­ers at govern­ment ap­proved rates, adding that the essence was to en­cour­age farm­ers to im­prove their pro­duc­tion.

Opara said that govern­ment con­sid­ered it nec­es­sary to ap­prove the es­tab­lish­ment of the trac­tor hir­ing cen­tres to sup­port farm­ers, re­gret­ting the suf­fer­ings of farmer us­ing their hands to work in their farms.

One of the trac­tors in olam farm.

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