…Announces Lanre Issa-Onilu as Chairman
There appears to be a solution in sight for the dearth of farm tractors as a community development enthusiast, Kayode Oyin-Zubair announced at the weekend that efforts are at an advanced stage at manufacturing farm tractors in Nigeria which shall be situated in Kwara State.
The venture is in a strategic partnership with a foreign-based firm that has been in the business of tractor manufacturing since 2012 to develop the Nigerian factory that will use largely local content. It will be known as Vishvas KOZ Tractor Limited.
Oyin-Zubair said in a statement signed by the Company’s Director of Operations, Aliyu Alhassan says Communication Expert, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Issa-Onilu has been at the forefront of providing succour to Nigerian farmers and rural dwellers, adding that his choice to chair the fledging company was well thought out.
“The yawning gap in farm mechanization in Nigeria deserves a multi-prong approach particularly one that will utilize local contents. Farmers in the remotest parts of the country are still finding it difficult to access farm tractors and other essential implements useful for both pre-planting and post-planting operations.
“Our foreign partner has a track record of more than one-decade participation in the designing, engineering and manufacturing of modern farm machinery. The Nigerian brands are KOZ 465 – 65hp and KOZ 475 – 75hp with various implements among others.
“We take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as manufacturers and suppliers of agriculture solutions and also provide customized products as per demand including implements, spare parts material handling equipment.
“Among the various product lines that we offer to our diverse customer segments line extends from concept to delivery including combined harvester strategic – baler, and silage harvester. Others are tractors, implements of cultivation and seeding, sprayer, and Optima segments. We also undertake the design and supply of complete solutions for both stationary and mobile, for specific applications”
The statement added that this will come as a support for the new government to effectively scale agriculture to its rightful place as it promises to provide affordable food to Nigerians.
The factory will be sitting in a part of Kwara, North Central zone of Nigeria.