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Grain dryer machine ‘ll reduce post-harvest losses –FG

The Minister pointed out that 90 per cent of farmers in Nigeria are Smallholder Farmers and that the Federal Government’s approach towards revolutionizing the Agricultural Sector was to empower the Smallholders Farmers.

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has commissioned the Multipurpose Grain Dryer Machine to tackle post harvest loses.

Performing the Commissioning Ceremony, Hon. Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, stated that the Multipurpose Grain Dryer Machine was meant for Smallholder Farmers in order to reduce post-harvest losses, boost production and enhanced livelihood of Farming Families.

According to the Minister, the introduction of the Grain Dryer Machine to the Smallholder Farmer was in line with the Ministry’s comprehensive Mechanization Policy as presented in the Green Imperative Project and it would aid in tackling the high level of post-harvest losses in the country as well as preservation of crops.

 The Minister pointed out that 90 per cent of farmers in Nigeria are Smallholder Farmers and that the Federal Government’s approach towards revolutionizing the Agricultural Sector was to empower the Smallholders Farmers.

In his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, represented by the Director, General Services Department, Mr. Solomon Abdul   stated that the new extension approach of providing necessary Machines to farmers group would guarantee treating Agriculture as a business venture to attract the necessary investments, innovations and best practices for National Development.

Earlier, in his remark, the Director, Federal Department of Agricultural Extension Services, Engr.  Frank Kudla said that the adoption of the multigrain dyer technology would effectively expand marketing opportunities, contribute to better livelihood of Smallholder Farmers and significantly enhance Food Security in the Country.

He added that the Multigrain Dryer would strengthen the Agricultural Extension Services efforts to effectively promote Post-Harvest Losses (PHLS) reduction in Nigeria.

 Highlight of the event was the commissioning of the Multi-Purpose Crop/Grain Drying Machine by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development and other Dignitaries. While a Traditional dance group from Kwali entertained guests. 

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