Nigeria’s Mechanization Landscape

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), agricultural mechanization generally refers to the application of tools, implements, and powered machinery as inputs to achieve agricultural production. It encompasses various technologies across the production-processing chain from basic tools such as hoes and cutlasses to motorized equipment such as tractors and grain milling machines.

The Importance of Mechanization in Nigeria

Agricultural mechanization is recognized as the pivot to agricultural revolution in many parts of the world, contributing greatly to the increased output.

Nigeria needs to enhance the number of farmers who utilize mechanical power based mechanization in order to:

  • Increase the food production capacity of farmers leading to reduced poverty and improved livelihoods.
  • Reduce the drudgery associated with agricultural production.
  • Reduce the level of post-harvest losses that occur across different agricultural value chains.
  • Increase the prospects of the local agro-allied industry and the conversion of crops and tubers to Value Added Products (VAPs).
December 18, 2017

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