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Nigerian farmers, others benefit from AATF’s mechanized 65,300 hectares of land in 5 years

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Nigerian farmers, others benefit from AATF’s mechanized 65,300 hectares of land in 5 years

By Matthew Eloyi

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has disclosed that farmers in Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia have benefited from its mechanized 65, 300 hectares of land in five years.

This was disclosed by the Executive Director of AATF, Dr Canisius Kanangire, in a presentation at the 2021 Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Policy Dialogue held in Nairobi, Kenya, entitled: Technologies to Improve Supply of Diverse, Safe and Nutritious Food across the Value Chains.

According to Kanangire, farmers who embraced mechanization of agricultural activities on their farms under its Cassava Mechanization and Agro-Processing Project, CAMAP, up-scaled their harvests from seven to nine metric tonnes per hectare to over 25 metric tonnes per hectare, which is an increase of over 200 per cent.

He disclosed that following increased harvest, there is also increased profit running five-fold- $350 per hectares to over $1,800 per hectares based on quality tubers, increased yields coupled with better market linkages.

He added that the Foundation is resilient in the vanguard of mechanized farming activities including agro-processing through CAMAP and AgriDrive.

Nigerian farmers, others benefit from AATF’s mechanized 65,300 hectares of land in 5 years

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