The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (icrcng) Yesterday 30th of June, 2018 presented the interim PPP Certificate to FMARD for the deployment of 10,000 tractors & other mechanized equipment under the SMART Farms mechanization partnership between FMARD, John Deere Tractors & NAMEL.
The Certificate was issued based on assessment & review of the Outline Business Case submitted by FMARD & site visit to the demonstration farm/implement centre and other considerations. This confirms that the 3 parties can enter into a MoU for the provision of the stated services Upon satisfactory conduct of the mechanization services on a pilot scheme, and meeting the PPP requirements of icrcng, a joint Certificate of Compliance will be granted the project to enable FEC's Approval for a full long term PPP agreement to provide the services nationwide.
"We pledge our full support to this project which is bringing the right level of equipment & a whole package that would assist the small holder farmers who are still the backbone of our agriculture. We commend the ministry for this initiative"Engr. Chidi Izuwah, DG
"I thank the agency Icrcng for the crucial role they' ve played & are still playing in this important partnership. We can't successfully bridge the agricultural infrastructure gap to increase food production, without the active participation of the private sector" HM Audu Ogbeh