Honda Manufacturing Nigeria Limited has launched mechanized agricultural machinery to boost the agricultural sector and ensure sustainability.
It said in a statement that this includes a hand-held shaft for cultivating farmland, a motorized backpack for spraying chemicals and pest infestation on farms.
During the equipment launch, the Managing Director, HMNL, Hiroshima Ichikawa, said the launch was to increase agricultural production yield in the country.
He added that the equipment would make large-scale farming more efficient, adding that the equipment was more than three times more efficient than manual operation.
Ichikawa also said that farmers would get more yield and profit than manual operation and would contribute to the development of the agricultural sector.
He said: “We are launching a backpack sprayer and lawn mower and we are also introducing so many attachments to make farming easier and more profitable. They can change the attachments often so that they can do different operations on the farm. Nigerians involved in farming are many , but productivity is low, after the introduction of these machines it will more than double their yield and based on our in-house test it is about three times more efficient than manual operation.”
According to him, many machines on the market today were intended for personal farmers.
He said: “There are so many machines on the market, but for personal farmers this is visible and achievable. Farmers get more profit than manual operation, they have to pay and it will lead to more yields, more profit and as such contribute to the development of the agricultural sector.
Honda Power Products’ sales manager, Abayomi Anuoluwapo, also said the equipment was produced by the company in response to the federal government’s agricultural policy.
He said the equipment would lead to better productivity for local farmers.
Anuoluwapo, said the equipment was intended for small-scale farmers who made up a larger percentage and contribute more to food production in the country.