President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday drove a tractor in Jos, capital of Plateau state, while inaugurating the tractor ownership scheme of the Plateau state government.
The host governor Simon Lalong, and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, were among the dignitaries who looked in admiration as the number one citizen drove to the cheering crowd.
Buhari arrived in Plateau on Thursday – his first visit to the state since he took over power in 2015. He is due to return to Abuja later on Friday.
The President inaugurated 100 out of the 400 units of tractors under the scheme as part of his official visit to the state.
The scheme has a tripartite arrangement, in which the beneficiaries would pay 60 per cent of the total cost, while state and local governments would pay 30 and 10 per cent balance respectively.
The tractors were supplied at the cost of N1.4 million each.
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, has lauded the Plateau government for introducing tractor ownership scheme for farmers.
AFAN Plateau Chairman, Mr. Philip Azi, made the commendation in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Jos.
He stated that the initiative would boost agricultural activities in the state, as farmers would cultivate their farms with ease.
“The arrangement will be of immense help to farmers in the state.
“Farmers have over the years found it difficult to access tractors for usage on their farms, which often make them cultivate late and in turn grossly affect the level of production.
“But with the coming of the tractors such anomalies will be naturally addressed.
“So, it is a very good thing that is happening to farmers in the state,” Azi said.
He called on AFAN members, particularly the beneficiaries of the scheme to abide by the terms and conditions of the programme.
Azi also urged all farmers to take advantage of the scheme to maximise their outputs and boost agricultural production in the state.
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