By Amina Yahaya
Governor Fintiri has flagged off the distribution of 600 tractors procured by the North East Commodity Association (NECAS), to farmers in order to boost agricultural mechanisation for North East farmers.
Fintiri at the event in Yola, Saturday, said his government is committed to partnering with development partners in the agriculture sector to support farmers in the State.
He said the gesture would guarantee food security and improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profiles of the benefitting States.
He urged NECAS to extend its intervention supports to cover animal husbandry, explore its potential aimed at revamping agriculture, in line with the Federal Government diversification programme.
The State is endowed with cattle and other ruminant animals, so NECAS should extend its activities to tap the potential of animal husbandry.
Gov. Fintiri urged farmers to form clusters of cooperative societies to enable them benefit from the Anchor Borrower’s Programme.
Alhaji Sadiq Daware, National Chairman of NECAS, said the tractors and their complete implements, is capable of creating over 13,000 jobs for the people of the region.
NECAS Chairman said the idea to support farmers was conceived after carefully identifying the challenges of farmers.
He said NECAS has so far empowered 50,000 farmers in less than two years, by providing fertilizer, chemical, and other farm inputs.
Daware said, “I am happy today that we have procured 600 brand new tractors, to support farmers in the North East region.There is no company or individual in the North East that had ever provided this type of support to farmers in the region. 150 tractors were allocated to Adamawa as the leasing state with the highest number of registered farmers on the data of the company”.
Mr Okli Chijioke, dealer of John Deere and Construction Equipment, the manufacturers of the tractors said that 1200 operators would be trained by the company in the state. He also said that the company will set up a service centre and recruit people for job opportunities.