Buhari Orders NASENI to Release Refurbished Tractors to Farmers to Boost Food Security
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to release all refurbished tractors to farmers to boost agricultural activities in the country.
The Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, while speaking to State House correspondents, revealed that the president gave the order when he updated president on the activities of the agency at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Haruna said that the presidential directive was in line with the efforts to revamp the agricultural sector by the Buhari led administration.
He said he updated the president on the achievements as well as challenges of the agency as a routine, that the president noted that one of the most crucial modern implements required to till the ground to aid farmers to realise bountiful harvests are farming aids like tractors.
The NASENI boss said that the agency had successfully refurbished several of such tractors at its institute in Minna, Niger, through the Partnership arrangements, that the trio of Machine & Equipment Consortium Africa (MECA), the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL) and NASENI as principal partners in the project.
He stated that the president was eager to see that the tractors were deployed to farmers before the next farming season as he is concerned about the state of drudgery and suffering by farmers without modern farm implements.
Haruna said the president, who is the Chairman of the Governing Board of NASENI, expressed satisfaction with the activities of the Agency most especially the efforts to fabricate agricultural tools and reverse-engineering of modern machines and equipment aimed at boosting agricultural activities.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the agency to build Nigeria and Nigerians’ confidence in providing capital goods, machines and equipment needed for industrialisation and transformation of the economy.
He listed the achievements of NASENI to include the production of First made-in-Nigeria Tricycle (KEKE NASENI), both Passenger and cargo types and the technology has been handed over to Innoson Vehicle Nigeria LTD for commercialisation and mass production for the markets.
Haruna further disclosed that NASENI had designed and produced First Made-in-Nigeria Motorcycle, First Made-In-Nigeria Solar Powered Electronic Voting device.
“NASENI is the Agency of government currently manufacturing locally Solar panels and other solar products and accessories in the whole of West Africa. NASENI has produced first made-in-Nigeria transformers which was designed and produced by Nigerian Engineers who were trained recently in China, all were engineers in NASENI.’’ He added.
The NASENI boss said that the agency had produced an unmmaned Aerial vehicle (UAV), to be used for spraying of insecticides on farms and surveillance purpose and many more.