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Delta Signs Agreement With Farmers, Doles Out 46 Tractors

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi


The Delta State Government has selected 20 cooperatives societies to benefit from the allocation of tractors for agricultural purposes.

It would be recalled that 692 cooperative societies applied to benefit from the tractor, 269 were screened out while about 50 were invited to the session to brainstorm on its usage where 20 societies were eventually selected to benefit out from the 46 tractors to be given out.

Disclosing this in Asaba on the occasion of the signing of agreement between the representatives of the cooperatives societies and the government, Prof Eric Eboh, Chief Job Creation Officer, CJCO, to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said that the societies would only pay 40 per cent of the price of the tractor in four years instalments after the initial 10 per cent deposit at a total cost of over N6.2 million.

He said the tractors would be used by farmers in the state to reduce the stress associated with crude farming.

On the criteria used to get the 20 cooperative societies, he said the standard stages discovered that the societies must have minutes of annual general meetings, verifiable roaster of members, bank account, and registration with relevant authorities after doing lots of capacity building for the cooperative societies.

Eboh advised Deltans to form cooperatives, noting that there were lots of opportunities in cooperative societies. He implored them to run the cooperative societies properly and not make them sole proprietorships, in order for everybody especially farmers to actualize their dream with the resources at hand to create wealth.

He disclosed that while there was serious arrangement for others like Oil Palm and Cassava Mills in collaboration with places like NIFOR and IITA, the market price would be determined by his office, the Tractor Hiring Department and the farmers, considering that the tractors would be given out to credible farmers and not those that would sell them off.

On the monitoring of the tractors, he said the measures have been built into the agreement, and that apart from the committee to monitor them, he revealed that his office would complement the monitoring to make sure they are used for the purpose meant for with five per cent charge on its services. 

‘’This is Amukpe declaration in reality. The prosperity train has taken off taking people especially youths to the Promised Land with Okowa Plus written boldly on it. Everybody should play its role in the prosperity movement of the state. It is a wake-up call to other cooperative societies to get their acts together to be part of the opportunities, Eboh said.