Nigeria: Country's U.S.$15 Million Agric Aids to Nigeria

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Publication Date: 
09 May 2016
Author: 
Vincent A. Yusuf
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One of the exciting news that came from the President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to China this week was that the Chinese government is offering $15 million (about N2.95 billion using the official rate of N197 to a US Dollar) agricultural aid to Nigeria.

This money will be used to set up 50 demonstration farms across the country to scale up production.

Each of these demonstration farms will cost N59.1 million

The demonstration farms will be used primarily to showcase the various state-of the-art agricultural techniques and technologies of economic importance.

Although details of where these farms will be established have not been presented by the ministry, sources said they will cut across crops, vegetable and livestock value chains.

The farms breeding grounds for new agro technologies that will bring our farmers closer to the evolving system of modern agriculture since Nigerian farmers still do not have access to mechanized agriculture.

 

They will further cement diplomatic relation with Chinese government as the farms will be centre for sharing knowledge and technology transfer, mainly in the agriculture field.

 
 

The nation's agricultural research institutes, universities and colleges of agriculture, which are often dormant because of lack of funding by the government, will significantly benefit from the project.

Farmers across the country will begin to experience new era of available and improved technology that are of huge economic gains. These farms will certainly change the landscape in the Nigerian agricultural sector as experience has shown in the Chinese agricultural relations with other nations such as Israel.

With huge potentials for livestock, arable crops and large bodies of waters for irrigation, the implementation of the project will revolutionise our farming system across the various subsector of the country's agriculture.

 

For livestock production, the lingering problems of farmers-herders crises might well witness the beginning of the end as some of these farms will provide a better solution to cattle breeding like the Chinese-Israeli demonstration farms, which produce one of the most productive dairy cows in the world with an annual production of 12,500 kg of milk.

New varieties of seedlings will make NigeriaN produce more competitive in the global market. Our young agro entrepreneurs will pick interest doing agriculture because the system will present to them new opportunities to make more rewarding money and be masters of their destinies.

Above all, it will bring them closer to researchers, experts for sharing knowledge and learning new skills just like the Agricultural Training Farms in Plateau State, which is a collaborating effort between Israeli company (SEC) and Plateau State government.