Sokoto state government has said it would soon start a tractor hirinf scheme in order to boost mechanization as well as assist farmers to enhance their production capacity.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this in Kware local government when he inspected agricultural processing machines procured farmers under the state’s FADAMA III additional funding scheme.
According to him, “We are starting with 30 tractors, with each of the three senatorial districts to have 10 tractors. This initiative will be implemented with the collaboration of the FADAMA III coordinating office, the state ministry of agriculture and the state investment company, which will provide the tractors.”
Tambuwal said that 127 farmer processing groups, made up of 1,385 small-holder farmers had benefitted from the agricultural processing machines and equipment distributed to farmers across the state by the FADAMA III office in Sokoto.
He stressed that in addition to the creation of two agricultural produce aggregation centres in the state, eleven tomato production net houses had been established at various locations in the state.
“This gesture is part of our collective efforts towards modernizing our farming techniques so as to improve yield and income of our farmers,” he stated.