Farmers react to FG’s decision to stop tractor importation

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– Some have reacted to ’s decision to stop the importation of tractors into the country following the discovery the imports were substandard.

Mr Bada Wade, a maize farmer in Ikorodu, State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the action would help sanitise the system and ensure got their money’s worth in their quest to support food security in the country.

“Although it would not be easy the part of but the gains are numerous in the long run. This is another way of government ensuring are not shortchanged in their dealings.

“It is a to encourage commercialisation because we are looking at the commercialization of ,” he said.

Also commenting Mrs Igharo Edoba, the at Paragon Farms Ltd, a palm fruit farm in ,noted that the lack of access to good tractors was hindering production.

Edoba told NAN that because of bad farm access in the area, transportation posed a threat to the commercialisation.

“I to call government to look into the area of providing tractors because that way, it be easy to work the farm.

“We know that it is a good thing for them to stop importation because of the issue of , but we should also consider the production of food.

“If farmers become handicapped, then there be problems in agricultural development since we are looking at strengthening the sector to take from oil,” he said.

The Minister of and Rural Development, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, had at a recent forum in Abuja said that the stoppage of tractor importation was because the equipment currently being imported were substandard.

“Before now, people were bringing refurbished tractors and selling it as new tractors. At that , farmers could only get tractors which cables were already eaten by rats.

“And they have to pay for them. Such tractors can only be used for just a season or only three months and then they break down.

“So, it was part of the problems and we decided that the Federal Ministry of no longer import tractors for anybody,” the Minister said. (NAN)