Following the move to achieve mechanized farming in Nigeria, a Chinese company, YTO China-Africa Machinery Corporation, CAMACO, has concluded plans to supply 80,000 tractors to farmers…Full Article: All Africa July 2016

Key Point

  • Nigeria and its participating states signed a MoU with China-Africa Machinery Corporation (CAMACO). The Nigerian States of Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Kastina (northern Nigeria), Taraba, Adamawa (eastern Nigeria), Ebonyi (southern Nigeria), and Niger (western Nigeria) will reportedly receive tractors. At the time of the signing, Nigeria had less than 30,000 tractors nationwide.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2016, China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC), a state-owned engineering company, carried out a five-day training program that involved 40 officials from Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The training covered rice production, vegetables cultivation, soil/fertilizer management, seed production, farm machinery training, and plant protection practices.
  • In September 2015, China’s YTO Group donated more than 580 tractors to Cuba (TecnoImport), with the most powerful tractors (160 horsepower) to be used to harvest sugar, while the less powerful tractors (65 to 90 horsepower) will be used to aid farmers and field laborers.
  • In August 2015, two Chinese companies would reportedly invest in northern Nigeria’s agriculture sector. The first, China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) announced plans to develop 9,000 ha of agricultural land in Jigawa. The company has previously carried out road construction and irrigation projects in Jigawa’s largest city, Hadejia. The second, China’s Lee Group, which produces shoes in Jigawa, announced plans to expand into sugar production, molasses and seasoning (e.g. spices) in the near future.
  • Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Henan province, YTO Group Corporation is a Chinese agricultural machinery and construction machinery manufacturer that already has investments (e.g. joint ventures) in Indonesia and Thailand. Headquartered in Beijing, China-Africa Machinery Corporation (CAMACO) is a joint venture founded by YTO Group and the China-Africa Development Fund.

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