The North East Commodity Association (NECAS) has flagged off distribution of 600 units tractors to its members at its headquarters in Yola with Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri lauded the programme and assured NECAS Adamawa State partnership.
At NECAS Mechanization Service Centre along Numan Road, Governor Fintiri who unveiled the distribution of the farm machineries said Adamawa State will venture into fulltime agricultural production as it is another way that will fill the gap in the internally generated revenue and make Adamawa an agricultural commercial state.
Governor Fintiri assured NECAS that Adamawa will continue to collaborate and partner with it and give it the necessary support it deserve, calling on Adamawa farmers to form associations and clusters and register so as to benefit from the Anchor Borrowers programme which NECAS has keyed into.
The Governor further promised his administration readiness to support not only farmer who cultivate land but also those who will be engaged in animal husbandry.
He called on the Adamawa beneficiaries of the tractors to utilise it, make use of it judiciously and maintain it.
Earlier in his welcoming address, the Chairman NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Dawre said the association has procured 600 brand new tractors through the Anchor Borrowers programme initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the Central Bank as the financier and thanked the Federal Government for the initiative.
Alhaji Daware lamented also that NECAS supply certified seeds, quality fertilizers and services to farmers. Adding that the NECAS has signed a memorandum of understanding with John Deeree Company who supplied them with 600 brand new tractors which will be deployed to the 6 North East States with Adamawa getting 150 because it has the highest number of famers registered with NECAS.
On his part, the Country Director John Deeree said his company is presently training 1,200 farmers in maintenance of tractors and it will establish a centre for training in Yola where it will be monitoring its scheduled trainings.
In a goodwill massage on behalf of the Royal Fathers of Adamawa, the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa appreciated NECAS for chosen Adamawa State to be its headquarters and lauded its programme and the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers programme, describing them beneficial to farmers.