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Hello Tractor

Jehiel Oliver, Hello Tractor Founder, speaking at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Picture: IP Kenya

For small-scale farmers in Nigeria, especially in the northern parts of the country, getting access to tractors for use on their farmlands to boost their yield has always been difficult. Many farmers can’t afford to buy one due to the high cost, while the country’s federal government, which is the major supplier of tractors, is not able to meet more than 4% of their requirements. Africa has less than 50 agricultural tractors per 100km² of arable land, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, which ranked Nigeria 132 out of 188 countries surveyed on agricultural mechanisation. Added to this, farm sizes in Nigeria are small, making it difficult for individual farmers to own a tractor. However, since mid-2014, the introduction of the Hello Tractor project has been addressing the prevalent problem of crippling poverty and poor crop yields among small-scale farmers. Hello Tractor is the brainchild of Jehiel Oliver, an American who developed the idea while working as a global finance consultant focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and agricultural industries at Aya Consulting in the United States. City Press News