Springfield Agro Limited, a Kewalram Chanrai Group company, in partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has announced its collaboration with Katsina State Government and launched the Farm – to-Folk initiative.
An end-to-end farm mechanization solution, the Farm-to-Folk initiative will develop agriculture and farming ecosystem in Nigeria and provide customized farming solutions for every need of the farming community.
Under the aegis of this initiative, the company will not only provide tractors and farm equipment solutions but also be a key enabler in knowledge dissemination. Springfield Agro and Mahindra will setup agri-centres across the state made up of Chibiyar Chi Gaban Manoma – Gromost Centre.
The centre will be a one-stop-shop to empower farmers with the knowledge of soil, seeds, micro-irrigation and harvesting as well as the relevant method for caring of crops. Farmers from every region and capacity will benefit from these centres.
This, in turn, will drive Farm Tech Prosperity and contribute immensely to the growth of agriculture and farming in Nigeria. The launch agenda will also include the commissioning of 225 tractors by the state governor, in line with the government’s effort to encourage farming and increase support for the growth of farmers’ unions and other agro-based associations.
Represented by the deputy, Mannir Yakubu at the launch said: “Our intention is to deploy adequate farm machinery and mechanization to a level that will boost agricultural productivity to at least 50% of international standards.”
Speaking on the Farm to Fork initiative, Ashok Thakur, Vice President & Head of Operations – Africa Business, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, stated that Mahindra’s core belief is that an informed farmer is an empowered farmer and that the car company is delighted to provide them with resources to reap the most from what they sow.
He said that Mahindra have moved beyond just selling tractors and the idea is to enrich the farmers’ knowledge and ultimately drive Farm tech prosperity and help them Rise. The launch of the Gromost Centre in the state is in line with this philosophy.
For decades now, Mahindra has been partnering in the growth story of Africa. The idea behind launching Gromost Centres is to further boost local employment, aid local sourcing, disseminate knowledge, enhance skill sets and offer custom made solutions.” He stated.
Tarun Kumar Das, Managing Director, Springfield Agro said “Private sector investment in agriculture is the panacea to diversifying Nigeria’s economy. We need to deepen alliances and invest in new solutions. More importantly, we want to be part of the smallholder farmer’s story by helping them rise. Given the proper support, the smallholder farmers can feed the future of the country and the continent.”
Das added, “the state government, along with institutional partners like TOOAN, NIRSAL and Access Bank, deserve commendation and we appeal to other states to emulate their actions.”
Abba Abdullah, Special Advisor to the governor on Agriculture said, “The small window available for sowing & harvesting enhances the need for mechanization in agriculture. There is stagnation in productivity because of the low mechanization level & low permeation of technology and this is the gap we hope to bridge.”
Mahindra and Mahindra are the largest tractor manufacturers in the world with a tractor assembly plant commissioned by Springfield Agro in Nigeria, which has a manufacturing capacity of 5,000 tractors and associated agricultural. It is part of the $19 billion Mahindra group with a growing global presence
It produces various ranges of tractors from 25Hp to 80Hp to cater to a wide spectrum of customers’ needs. Over the years, it has created thousands of satisfied customers in Nigeria and millions across the world.