THE All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has signed a memorandum of understanding with an undisclosed American company to procure no few than 1000 sets of tractors under private partnership arrangement to boost food production and commercialisation in the country.
The National President of the AFAN, Farouk Rabiu Mudi, disclosed this in Awka, during the inauguration of the executive of Anambra Chapter of the association.
While pointing out the welfare packages of the association for all farmers in the country, the president, who was represented in the occasion, by the association’s national secretary, Yunsa Halidu, said, “we’ve signed MoU with an American company residing in Nigeria; they agree to give us 1000 tractors … which are coming at subsidised rate.”
Alhaji Mudi encouraged farmers in the state to focus attention on a mechanised and digitalised system of agriculture, reminding them that “an era of colonial farming” had gone.
He stressed the importance of agriculture to the existence of human beings and their other activities, cannot be overemphasised and enjoined the farmers to be proud of themselves for being farmers, arguing that without food, other human activities cannot thrive.
The national president expressed pleasure over an impressive number of Anambra women farmers present in the occasion and congratulated the state executive, as well as the entire members of Anambra Chapter, urging them to organise themselves so as to keep greedy politicians off the resources government has for the real farmers.
Earlier in his address, the chairman, AFAN, Anambra Chapter, Felix Okelue, pledged the commitment of the new executive to faithfully serve the farmers in the state, calling on all to identify with the association for increase in food availability, for local consumption and export.
He said, “today marks a beginning in agric sector in Anambra – the state has suffered a lot in terms of managing the resources meant for farmers.
“But with the quality and credible men and women of substance that form the new executive, I beat my chest to confidently say that we are in a new dawn; we are here to change the narratives of agric sector in Anambra.
“I encourage all the Anambra farmers to have faith in us; we are here to serve you. Tell our brothers and sisters that have lost hope in agric business to come and register with us so that food will be enough for local consumption and foreign earning,” he urged.
Okelue also appreciated the national executive for restoring hope of all farmers in the country and working seriously in attracting international firms to the association.
In an interview with the press, Okelue passionately appealed to the federal and state governments to put up adequate measures to end the cause of perennial herders-farmers crashes in some parts of the country.
The event, which attracted the presence of top government officials, community leaders, including the Zonal Chairman, AFAN, South East, Chief Obi Nwobu, has as its climax, swearing-in of the 17-member executive of Anambra AFAN, by the national president, Alhaji Mudi.