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North­east Com­mis­sion to dis­trib­ute trac­tors, equip­ment to farmers in Gombe

- From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe Farm Equipment · Tractors · Agriculture · Livestock Industry · Industries · Mohammed Goni

The North East De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (NEDC) has pro­cured trac­tors and other agri­cul­tural equip­ment for dis­tri­bu­tion to farmers in Gombe state, in an ef­fort to boost farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of the com­mis­sion, Mo­hammed Goni Al­kali, who dis­closed this yes­ter­day in Gombe af­ter in­spect­ing the equip­ment, said the trac­tors and equip­ment would be dis­trib­uted un­der the NEDC’s Agri­cul­tural Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Mod­erni­sa­tion Scheme.

He stated that the equip­ment to be dis­trib­uted in­cludes 29 trac­tors, 29 ply­wood, 29 boom sprayer, 29 planters, 55 power tillers, 55 power tiller trail­ers and 14 power tiller wa­ter pumps among oth­ers.

“We have de­signed this in­te­grated agri­cul­tural pro­gramme, hav­ing re­alised that over 95 per­cent of peo­ple in the North East de­pend on agri­cul­ture so that peo­ple will go back to the farm in a more mod­ernise way, this is why we get the trac­tors in Gombe to be dis­trib­uted to farmers.

“The trac­tors and other equip­ment were as­sem­bled here in Gombe by lo­cal peo­ple, who were trained to do the job and will also be there to train other peo­ple to main­tain a ser­vice cen­tre that would be es­tab­lished,” Al­kali ex­plained.

He added that the farmers would also be em­pow­ered through train­ing on mod­ern farm­ing tech­niques in a more or­gan­ised man­ner, to boost agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion and food pro­cess­ing to­wards achiev­ing food se­cu­rity.

The manag­ing di­rec­tor also said the com­mis­sion had equipped an ICT cen­tre at the Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion Re­source Cen­tre (CERC) for the train­ing of youth on mo­bile phone pairs and com­puter graph­ics

He re­vealed that over 2000 youths and women are be­ing tar­geted for the train­ing, which seeks to em­power the youth, keep them off the street and make them self-re­liant and con­trib­ute to the econ­omy.

Al­kali added that at the end of the train­ing, the par­tic­i­pants will be pro­vided with starter kits and mo­bile kiosks to set up small busi­nesses and be­come en­trepreneur­s, “our tar­get is for them to en­gage oth­ers to work un­der them thereby cre­ate mul­ti­ple num­bers of jobs.”

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