Federal Government is to introduce a new Agricultural Programme called Green Imperative to fast track mechanisation in the country.
The initiative will ensure the creation of a Service Centre for the supply of farm inputs such as tractors in all local governments.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Abdul Kabir Mu’azu stated this in Katsina, at the inspection of 25,000 metric tonnes of automated silos for Strategic grain reserve.
The Silos which is fully operational since its commissioning in 2017 presently has 16, 000 metric tonnes of grains and sorghums.
Dr Mu’azu who expressed satisfaction with the state of facility pointed out that the Federal Government would invest more insecurity of the area and quality control that would ensure that the grains were suitable for human consumption at all times.
The Assistant Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Katsina state, Malam Sani Danjari while commending the initiative called on the government to buy directly from the farmers rather than contractors buying from the farmers.
In a remark, the State Coordinator Fadama 3, Mallam Basir Balah wants legislation to be put in place that would be binding on both farmers and the uptakers when the commodity has to be purchased for reserve.
The Director, Strategic Grain reserve in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Haruna Sule noted that the Grain Reserve Management in the country followed all laid down principles to ensure that quality is maintained at all times.
There are 10 silos in the centre in which each one has a capacity for 2,500 metric tonnes with the capacity to accommodate 83 loads of trailers per silos.