In a potentially prosperous bid to boost food production in Nigeria, The Institute of International Tropical Agriculture (IITA),Oyo State and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, have concluded plans to partner on the adoption of 14 modern fabricated farm tools from the school.
Among the adopted tools are solar dryers, Boom Sprayer (using battery), portable mobile cold storage, maize planter, mower, cassava harvester and honey extractor. Other tools are plantain chips pulverizer, locust bean diluter, pedal thresher, briquetting machine, biomass dryer (using briquettes) and evaporating cooler (for fruit and vegetables).
Inspecting the tools at the Institute of the Technology, mini-campus of the Polytechnic, the Director of Mechanization, IITA, Dr Peter Kolawole, said that the institute visited the Polytechnic to explore the available technology in order to partner with the Polytechnic. Kolawole also lamented the bad finishing of machines and tools being imported to Nigeria for farmers, and to other parts of African countries.
He, however, acknowledged the Transformation of Africa Agricultural Technology Initiative (TAAT) by the African Union established to help upgrade the African farmers from the use of hoes and cutlasses, and to empower technical technological institutions in Africa to fabricate tools for farmers.
The director further said that the TAAT scheme would encourage Africans to engage in agricultural exercise regardless of their various professions and gender.
Reacting, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu, who was represented by the deputy rector (Academics), Mr Yekeen Oyebode, said Nigeria’s economic problem could only be solved through agriculture, 80 per cent of it revolving around engineering and technological development.
Source: Tribune Online