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FG orders 10,000 tractors, others in Brazil to boost agriculture

The federal government plans to buy 10,000 tractors from Brazil to boost agriculture in the country.

The government has also said it will establish “model grazing reserves” in some states across the country next year.

The latest development came months after Nigerians in parts of the country voiced opposition to similar ideas.

Grazing reserves are areas reserved for the use of pastoralists and are intended to be at the center of livestock development.

Previously, the federal government had given thought to the idea of ​​creating rural pasture reserves, a national life-transformation program and other similar programs aimed at ending the incessant clashes between farmers and ranchers.

But Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Mohammed Abubakar, as he appeared Thursday before the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Agricultural Production and Services in defense of the 2022 budget in Abuja, revealed that the government would establish “model pasture reserves” in some states next year.

However, he did not disclose details of how the government

Abubakar said the ministry “will establish model grazing reserves in some states; and establish special agro-industrial processing zones in collaboration with the African Development Bank in seven states, including the CTF.

He added that the ministry “would also implement the Green Imperative project in collaboration with the Brazilian government which seeks to supply 10,000 units of tractors; 50,000 units of assorted tools and equipment to be assembled in the country.

The minister, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Ernest Umakhihe, noted that the main output of the 2022 budget included the rehabilitation and construction of water collection structures and earthen mini-dams in the states to increase agricultural production in the country.

He also said the government would speed up the recapitalization of two agriculture-related banks next year.

He said: “The Ministry will launch the ‘Launch the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Plan 2021-2024, implement the first phase of agricultural mechanization in 632 primary service centers and 142 secondary processing centers across the country.

“Accelerate the recapitalization of the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation and the Bank of Agriculture in collaboration with the CBN, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; and the BPE.

Abubakar said a total of N291.416 billion is proposed for the agricultural sector in 2022, of which N71.840 billion is for personnel costs.

He added that 3.704 billion naira was proposed as overhead, while the sum of 215.872 billion naira was intended for investment projects and programs.

The minister recalled that 280.315 billion naira had been allocated to the agricultural sector in the 2021 budget, noting that the reduction of the budget of the main mandate of the ministry from 46.990 billion naira to 29.938 billion naira (36.3%) made it difficult to l ‘obtaining the desired impact.

Committee members expressed satisfaction with the level of execution of the 2021 budget and the 291.416 billion naira proposed for the 2022 proposals.

Lawmakers, however, said ministry officials would be invited if they found an irregularity in the proposal.

The chairman of the Agricultural Production and Services Committee, Mohammed Dan-Dutse, said lawmakers are aware of the various efforts of the federal government through the formulation of policies and special intervention programs.

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