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Nigeria Partners with John Deere to Boost Local Tractor Production

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Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with John Deere, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural machinery, to produce tractors in the country. The deal is part of the government’s efforts to diversify the economy, create jobs, and enhance food security.

According to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, the MoU will enable John Deere to establish a tractor assembly plant in Nigeria, as well as provide training and technical support to local farmers and tractor operators. He said the partnership will also facilitate access to finance and spare parts for the tractors, which will be sold at affordable prices.

The minister noted that Nigeria has a huge potential for agricultural development, but it is hampered by low mechanization and productivity. He said the country needs about 750,000 tractors to meet its food demand, but it currently has only 35,000 functional tractors. He expressed optimism that the collaboration with John Deere will help to bridge this gap and boost the agricultural sector.

The Managing Director of John Deere Africa, Jacques Taylor, said the company is committed to supporting Nigeria’s vision of becoming a self-reliant and prosperous nation. He said John Deere has been operating in Nigeria for over 30 years and has invested in various initiatives to empower farmers and improve their livelihoods. He said the MoU will enable the company to expand its presence and impact in the country and contribute to its economic and social development.

The MoU is in line with the federal government’s Economic Sustainability Plan, which aims to stimulate the economy and create jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan includes a $620 million solar home systems scheme, a $370 million research fund for renewable and alternative energy sources, and a $2 billion saving from the removal of fuel subsidies. The government hopes that these measures will help to diversify the economy and reduce its dependence on oil revenue.

The MoU is also consistent with the United Nations Development Programme’s Imagine Nigeria report, which explores alternative scenarios and recommendations for a sustainable and prosperous future for Nigeria. The report suggests that going green is in Nigeria’s best interest, as it can unlock $250 billion in investment opportunities in critical sectors, such as energy, transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, and agriculture.

The partnership between Nigeria and John Deere is expected to have positive impacts on the environment, the economy, and society. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance food security, create jobs, and improve the well-being of Nigerians.

Source: BusinessDay

 

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