Nasarawa farm­ers to get NASENI-MADE equip­ment

The Punch - - CAPITAL MARKET - Ihuoma Chiedozie, Abuja

NA­TIONAL Agency for Science and En­gi­neer­ing In­fra­struc­ture says it will present some mod­ern agri­cul­tural im­ple­ments it re­cently man­u­fac­tured to farm­ers in Nasarawa State.

This de­vel­op­ment is said to be the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween NASENI, a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment agency, and the Karu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Nasarawa State.

This was dis­closed dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween the Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man of NASENI, Prof. Mo­hammed Haruna, and the Chair­man of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, Akala Ga­jere.

The equip­ment, Haruna said, would in­clude hand­held har­vester/weeder, a petrol-pow­ered mul­ti­pur­pose ma­chine de­signed to up­root weeds be­tween rows in farms, fields and gar­dens, NASENI said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Magami multi-grain thresher, a posthar­vest pro­cess­ing ma­chine used to sep­a­rate grains from har­vested dry plants, is also to be made avail­able to the farm­ers.

The thresher is said to be use­ful in the har­vest­ing of rice, wheat, maize, mil­let and guinea corn stalks.

Other ma­chines man­u­fac­tured by NASENI that would help the farm­ers were given as cas­sava grater, hand-held wa­ter pump and man­ual ro­tary drilling rig used in drilling bore­holes.

Haruna ex­plained that the ma­chines were de­vel­oped by NASENI as part of the agency’s in­ter­ven­tion in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

He said the agency’s work­ers would train the farm­ers on how to use the ma­chines to in­crease their pro­duc­tiv­ity.

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