The Federal government will soon commission Agricultural Machinery and Development Institute (AMEDI) in Mbotu, in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state.

Speaking when he visited the Institute at the weekend, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. ogbonnaya Onu disclosed that the Institute, will design and produce agricultural machineries for farming, planting, processing and harvesting of agricultural produce.

Dr. Onu further said the Institute was established in order to ensure food security in the country. His visit to the Institute he added, is to enable him assess the level of work in preparation for the commissioning.

According to Dr. Onu ,  the Institute is not for actual production “our interest is for them to do the design and do necessary research so that the commercialization will be done by the organized private Sector”.

Speaking further, the Minister said that “if we involve our business men and women all over the world, the level of commercialization will be much higher. We would not only be in position to produce this machine to be used locally in Nigeria but also for our export”.

He described the past situation in which Nigeria was the highest importer of rice as unacceptable, adding that “today we are doing very well, we are importing very little and producing rice in abundance though we still need to produce more”.

Dr. Onu stressed need to mechanize our agriculture and introduce lot technology and innovation that will make agricultural processes to be very stress-free and competitive.

“We need to train our people, boost agricultural capacity if we have enough people who have this capability to design of machines, we would be in a positions to start exporting some of these machines”. he added.

Dr, Onu further disclosed that the workshop of the institute is 80% completed while the administrative block is at advance stage, adding  that the equipment is available in Mbutu and will be installed as the building is nearing completion.

Earlier, the Director-General of the National Agency for Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI Professor Muhammed Haruna who was represented by a Director in the Agency Mrs Nonye Onyiyechi said that institute was established to boost agricultural production through mechanization. she expressed hope that with visit of the Minister, the project will be concluded before the end of the year.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head; Press & Public Relations Unit

20 May 2019