NECAS launches tractors to improve food production in Gombe

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

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The North-East Commodity Associations, NECAS, has inaugurated 150 units of tractors with complete implements to boost agricultural activities in Gombe State.

Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, said during the inauguration that agriculture was top on his administration’s agenda, hence his commitment to support the commodity associations boost food production in the state.

Governor Yahaya, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, commended the North East Commodity Association for its commitment to improve agriculture in the state, while emphasizing the commitment of his administration to place agriculture as a top priority.

“From what I have witnessed over time, NECAS has performed impressively well in its efforts to assist farmers with inputs to boost agricultural production in the sub-region and the nation as a whole. Today’s occasion further demonstrates the associations’ commitment to promote agricultural mechanization for improved agricultural yields. Let me assure the good people of Gombe State that Government will continue to support NECAS in its noble efforts to improve the productive capacity of our farmers,” said Governor Yahaya. 

The National Chairman of the North East Commodity Association, NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Daware, said the provision of the tractors would improve high yield, as well as create direct and indirect jobs for women and youths.

Alhaji Daware said NECAS was acquiring 600 units of tractors for the North East, out of which Gombe State would get 150 allocations and distributed in batches.

The North East Commodity Association is one of the organisations accredited by the Central Bank of Nigeria as part of the Anchor Borrowers Programme, aimed at providing support for farmers in the region.

Since its inception, it has provided quality inputs to farmers, such as quality seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and the provision of favourable market for produce after harvest, by linking farmers with off-takers, who buy off the produce at a good price.

Consequently, Alhaji Sadiq Daware, said the organisation discovered that after the first farming circle, mechanization was lacking, which prompted them to venture into the mechanization business of acquiring tractors.

“If you provide farmers with all inputs that is required, and he continues using hoes, then definitely, you cannot get optimal yield. As such, we have approached the Central Bank of Nigeria and the participating financial institution, the bank of Agriculture, to please help NECAS to procure mechanization input. And today, I am happy to announce to you, NECAS has deployed 600 brand new tractors into North East farmers. And the essence is to help farmers get optimal yield,” said Alhaji Daware.

He highlighted the importance of acquiring the tractors, which include jobs creation for various groups of people.

“The 600 brand new tractors we are talking about, we have employed managers, we have engaged tractor operators, we have engaged tractor mates, spare parts vendors, and mechanics. All these we are trying to create employment opportunity to our teeming youths in this part of the country. These are direct jobs we are creating. In addition to indirect jobs, the young women that can be selling food, the young girls that will be selling sachet water, all are direct jobs,” Alhaji Daware said.     

The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar III, commended the Central Bank of Nigeria for standing by the North East Commodity Associations to enhance agricultural activities in the state.

The Emir of Gombe who was represented by the the Deputy Chairman of the Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, the Mai Kaltungo, Alhaji Saleh Mohammed, said the state was in dire need of other aspects of mechanized farming, so that farming would be made easy, faster and more productive.

He therefore requested that the North East Commodity Association to ensure that it acquired such implements to enhance farming in the state.