The level of Nigeria’s agricultural mechanization is among the lowest globally.
This is according to the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy 2022-2027, which was published on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
This is despite the $1.2bn Green Imperative Program launched by the Federal Government about two years ago.
The policy document read in part, “The agricultural mechanization level in Nigeria is one of the lowest in the World. FMARD [Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development] indicated that Nigeria’s mechanization is at 0.027 hp/hectare which is far from the FAO’s recommendation of 1.5 hp/hectare.”
In June 2020, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, during a joint press conference with the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, disclosed that the Federal Government was set to implement a program called Green Imperative, which it said would revolutionize agriculture in Nigeria.
Mohammed had said the program, worth $1.2bn, was a product of a Nigeria-Brazil Bilateral Agriculture Development Program, dating back to June 6, 2016.