The Cross River State Ministry of Agriculture on Friday, 9th April, 2021 took delivery of over 30 mini tractors and other farm equipments at the Presidential lodge in Calabar.
Receiving the equipments, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ntufam Okon Owuna said that the equipments came at the right time when planting season has just commenced.
Speaking with our reporter, Owuna stated that for the policy thrust of Agro-industrialization drive of HE Governor Ayade to see the light of day, there must be a departure from peasant farming to commercial Agriculture with interest in mechanization.
“With the network of farms established across the three senatorial districts, with the least being 100hectares, we can’t expect maximal productivity with the local implements. It was on the basis of this that we contemplated going for something simple that can withstand all weather and climatic conditions. Considering how important these equipments are and with the commencement of the new planting season, HE, Governor Ben Ayade, shocked farmers by delivering timely on these equipment”.
“The beauty in this is that these equipments are generic and can be use on all the value chains”.
When our reporter inquired about the accessibility of the equipments to farmers, Owuna stated thus, these equipments are for farmers in Cross River State and they are very free to come and get them for use. Our concentration for now will be within the network of farms with these farms having already been partition for farmers for cultivation”.
Mr. Peter Okim Abang, the contractor handling the importation of the mini machines when asked about the waranty of the machine said that though the equipments were originally built for the United Arab Emirates, but having understudy their terrain, soil texture and structure we can confidently state that the equipments will work here, hence, we can conveniently go with the manufacturer’s warranty.
“These were built to withstand toughest and harshest conditions. They are easy to use and eco-friendly. For now, we will complete assembling them and carry out a training session with the technical staff of the Ministry of Agriculture just as the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ntufam Okon Owuna has asked us to do. His position is to the best of interest given that farmers need to know how to operate these equipments. Despite being easy to operate and use, we won’t give room for assumptions”, he concluded.
The delivery of mini farm equipments to the Ministry of Agriculture ended with the testing of the mini tractor. Other equipments also received aside those earlier mentioned include: solar powered freezers, motorized “go to hell” etc