Brazil plans to distribute 10,000 tractors to farmers in Nigeria. Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed the plans and said Brazil is working with the Federal Government towards the implantation.
According to Dr Mohammad, the partnership between Brazil and Nigeria is aimed at fast tracking the mechanisation of the agricultural sector, improving production, boosting economy, enhancing food self-sufficiency and creating job opportunities for Nigerian youths.
Nigeria’s agriculture sector
“This deal will boost Nigeria’s mechanized food production, and also enhance food sufficiency is an era of global food crisis. It is also in line with the administration’s policy on food development. It is also a clarion call to bring succour to the drudgery nature of Nigeria’s farm practices in order to encourage the teeming youths to embrace the agricultural sector. The quest for food self- sufficiency cannot be achieved using the old method of rudimentary tools,” Abubakar said.
He added that the partnership with Brazil would ensure the provision of 10,000 units of tractors, 50,000 units of assorted implements and equipment, 142 turnkey factories for Agro Processing as well as training of the project beneficiaries for over a period of five years.
Nigeria’s agriculture sector grew by 3.16% (year-on-year) in real terms in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of 0.42% points from the preceding quarter which recorded a growth rate of 3.58%. Agritech startups in Nigeria secured significant funding in the amount of $84.05 combined for the period of 2021/22, with the largest being, ThriveAgric which secured $56.4 million in debt funding from commercial banks and institutional investors, bringing its total fund raised between 2021 and 2022 to $58.15 million.