Upcoming Seminar on Agricultural Mechanization in Zaria on Monday

The National Agriculture Extension Research Liaison Services and Ahmadu Bello University are hosting a seminar featuring IFPRI Research Fellow, Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, next Monday in Zaria. In the seminar, titled "Characteristics of tractor-owner operators in Kaduna and Nasarawa states and their implications to agricultural mechanization policies in Nigeria," Dr. Takeshima will present his recent work on agricultural mechanization, focused on tractors. For details and the full abstract, please see below.

Source: Hiroyuki Takeshima

Source: Hiroyuki Takeshima

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Venue: Main Conference Hall, National Agricultural Extension Research & Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

We apologize, but we are unable to provide transportation stipends to attend this event.

Abstract:

Agricultural mechanization is an important process of agricultural transformation. In Nigeria, Living Standard Measurement Survey (LSMS) data indicate that private tractor owners are providing a majority of plowing services. But information is scarce regarding the nature of tractor service provision. Unlike other more scale-neutral inputs like fertilizer, improved seeds, significant economies of scale exist with tractors. Understanding the characteristics of tractor service providers is therefore essential in designing an appropriate agricultural mechanization policy. With this background in mind, this seminar presents preliminary results of a small survey of tractor owner operators conducted in Kaduna and Nasarawa states in collaboration with Ahmadu-Bello University from September-October 2013. Key findings are the following: (1) state government tractor distributions were likely to have been effective but can become more efficient with improved targeting; (2) those who buy tractors from the market or private individuals are more efficient, providing services to a greater area at the same or lower costs than those who receive tractors through the government program; and (3) efficiency is greater when tractor buyers are able to choose from a range of tractor horsepower options. The presentation will also discuss the implications for new mechanization policies in Nigeria.