The Bank of Agriculture (BOA) has entered into partnership with The Atyap Multi-purpose Cooperative Union in Kaduna State to mechanise agricultural production and processing.
The Chairman of the Union, Mr Nuhu Ayuba, made this known in an interview with the Newsmen in Zangon Kataf on Thursday January 2, 2020
Ayuba said that the move was part of the efforts made to boost agricultural production being the major source of livelihood of the southern people of kaduna.
He explained that the partnership extend over procurement of tractors, machinery and implements, as well as widows and youth empowerment.
He added that the union would also procure ginger processing machines for the processing of ginger to meet global standard, saying that the move was to cut off middlemen in the ginger value chain.
The chairman also said that the union in partnership with Nation Builders Cooperative Multipurpose Network had also introduced agro-forestry in the area with focus on palm trees and economic trees plantation.
According to him, the goal is to ensure that all available lands are put to economic use all year round instead of the current rainy season-based farming which allows lands to waste away during dry season.
“This agro-forestry will enable farmers make the best use of their lands by cultivation of crops along with economic trees on the same piece of land for maximum benefits,” Ayuba said.
He said one hectare of palm trees would produce 3,500 litres of palm oil and fetch the farmer between N1.6 million and 1.7 million annually.
Ayuba explained that the union, made up of various agro-based cooperative societies in the area was registered in April 2019 to among other things improve farming processes and reduce cost of production.