The Federal Government will commence its Agricultural Mechanisation Programme across 632 Local Government Areas, this year, beginning from the month of September.
Agric Minister, Alhaji Sabo Nanono revealed this last weekend at the South-South Agro-Industrial Inspection and Town Hall Meeting in Calabar, Cross River State.
According to Nanono, the Federal Government has concluded plans for the mechanisation programme, which he pointed would be private sector-driven, to guarantee quantum leap in the agricultural sector.
He said the country was moving towards an agricultural revolution, especially with the states keying into agro-industrialization.
“This mechanisation revolution is going to be launched in 632 local government areas across the country in the next 6 months and will be private sector-driven,” Nanono disclosed.
The minister further stated that agro-industrialization was an authentic strategy for reducing unemployment, guaranteeing food security and increasing the level of agricultural trade and investments.
He added that the on-going review of the government’s agricultural policy would be targeted at creating jobs for the teeming population.