The Chairman, VIP Merchandise Enterprise Limited, Mr Prakash Vaswani, has said that only five per cent of farmers in Nigeria use tractors.
He noted that 10,000 tractors were needed annually in the country to achieve some level of mechanisation.
He stated that the firm, which assembles and markets automotive products and is the sole distributor of Mahindra products in Nigeria, planned to scale up operations and offerings in the agriculture, passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle segments and would be launching products and offerings in these categories.
Vaswani said, “We have set up assembly plants in Sango Ota and Kano where we assemble Mahindra two-wheelers, three-wheelers and generator sets, in turn providing employment opportunities to the local manpower in the regions.
“Also, with our products, Arro and Alfa, we have not only been offering customised and unique mobility solutions for the market, but also delivering employment and entrepreneurial platforms to empower the community to rise.”
The Managing Director, Springfield Agro, a member of the Kewalram Chanrai Group, Mr Tarun Das, noted that the adoption of technology in agriculture in the country was a challenge because 50 per cent of land cultivation was done manually.
“None of our children want to choose agriculture as a career because of this,” he noted, adding that his firm had partnered Mahindra to provide tractors to farmers in the community.
He added, “We discovered that people cannot afford the tractors; so, we looked for ways to empower them.
“Springfield Agro and Mahindra have established a strong presence in Nigeria over the last decade to provide solutions in the agriculture and farming space. We have recently commissioned a Mahindra Tractor assembly plant in Kaduna State, with a manufacturing capacity of 5,000 tractors and associated agricultural implements.
“It can produce various ranges of tractors from 25 horsepower to 80Hp to cater for a wide spectrum of customer needs. Over the years, Mahindra and Springfield Agro have created thousands of satisfied customers in Nigeria.”
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