Number of Farmers: 5,683
States Covered: 19
Total Hectarage: 5,683
Cropping Season: 2019 / 2020
Project duration: Start – Nov. 2019, End – July 2020.
The Nigerian Agricultural Mechanization and Equipment leasing company (NAMEL) was engaged to execute the land preparation operations (i.e. Ploughing, harrowing and Ridging) for the Nigerian Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) an accredited commodity association under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrower’s Programme (ABP).
The project covers a total land area of 5,683 hectares spread across 19 states in Nigeria namely; Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Sokoto, Kebbi.
The project is being executed using global best practices for ensuring good soil tilth necessary to promote soil conservation and achieving optimal productivity, while providing real – time data and report on the progress of operations.
Youth Incubation Centre (YIC-Hubs) is a farm practical centre where youths are trained in Agribusiness with goal oriented, market oriented and business-oriented approaches. The youths will be exposed to state-of-the-earth agricultural technologies that guarantee high productivity, allocative, technical and cost efficiencies.
The youths will learn the principles of crop production, crop protection, agribusiness and farm management, climate smart agriculture, value chain management in agriculture, product processing and value addition, soil and land management, agricultural extension practices and integrated farming techniques with empirical evidences.
The target crops will be based on demand. The Incubation is expected to last for 24 months after which each of the youth graduate with a certificate. They will also be empowered with 40% of the profit realized at the incubation center for their Self Owned Production (SOP).
las-F is designed to ensure that simple mobile driven planting, harvesting and post-harvest equipment are deployed to high producing farm communities and operated by youths and women clusters to renders services from one village to another and farm to farm.
This is done using a demand driven mobile Mechanization service delivery approach whereby we introduce a leasing scheme for small motorized agro-machineries to small holder farmers who may not need to or do not
have the capacity to acquire tractors and other heavy implements and thus would require small motorized equipment of between ₦1,500,000 to ₦3,000,000 payable over 2 to 3 years.
This will increase annual production of quality food products, ensure food security, alleviate poverty and reduce unrest among the youths. Ultimately, this will create jobs to the youths.