Nigeria Tractor Project is a go!

Thank you to all who have been raising special funds for the Nigeria Tractor Project! Several churches and districts have contributed significantly and we are ready to buy the tractors and get the project underway. (Any additional funds raised for this project will go into purchasing seeds and fertilizer.) The recipients in Nigeria are very enthusiastic about this venture.

Markus Gamache reports, “Many of the people from Northeast Nigeria cannot return to their towns and villages because of unsafe conditions. It could take a year or two before the situation is under control enough for them to return and start a new life.  The main way for these people to support themselves and their families has always been through farming.  The country at the moment is facing large-scale economic inflation caused by political instability, religious discrimination, ethnic clashes, bribery, corruption and disputes over oil monies in the south. All this has contributed to the lack of educational opportunities for many of the children as well as a crumbling infrastructure that has left most social services inaccessible to a large part of the population. The result, especially in northeast Nigeria is widespread hunger and poverty.

Most farming is done by hand and is very labor intensive. The tractors will help greatly with this work. One tractor will be used at the EYN Headquarters in Kwarhi and the other with Displaced Persons around the Abuja area.

With the help of the tractors, they will be able to clear larger areas of land, form Co-op groups that will plant the crops and share the harvest among their members. Some of the crops will  be sold and the proceeds will provide for next year’s maintenance, purchase food for those in remote areas, and provide school fees and medicine.

Please continue to pray for the success of this project and for the people who will benefit from it!

 

One thought on “Nigeria Tractor Project is a go!

  1. Dear Roxane and Carl,
    The idea of tractors is great for use where stones and stumps do not exist! Also repairs may be a major concern unless local agents are now available.
    Have the use of small roti tillers been considered. They are more mobile around stones and stumps, more units can be obtained, more people can be involved, repairs are less and use during cultivation would be more likely. I remember trying o use a long handled hoe and quickly going to the short handed hoe! However they would not be of much use if ridging is desired.
    The small crawler sent to Waka Secondary was not very useful. The Russian tractors west of Waka produced a lot of cotton (Gins were not open when the cotton matured.)the tomatoes, potatoes and melons were great BUT mostly rotted in the field as transportation or storage in the area failed.
    God bless you all, Dallas

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