Development of agriculture needs the support of industry to ensure use of appropriate technology, even if it falls short of mechanisation, to boost production and preservation of farm produce through processing and proper storage and through speedy transportation of perishable produce by establishing appropriate refrigerated transportation systems.
The first phase of industrial development is to link agricultural production to processing by utilising simple technology that can either be manufactured or assembled and repaired in the country.
An inventory of all the labour saving and processing devices will be undertaken to know the areas being covered, the volume of production and what needs to be done to ensure greater reliance on locally processed goods for consumption and export. This would enable us to add value to agricultural produce by transforming them into oil, flour, yogurt, groundnut butter and so on and so forth. The information will be utilised as base line statistics to formulate a policy on industrial development of the country from the village, district, regional and national levels.
The first task, therefore, is for each village to do an inventory of the labour saving devices available in a village, their make, their importers or makers, if of national origin; note the priority needs and indicate whether technicians exist who can operate and provide maintenance, and further examine the availability of spare parts.
The second task is to convene stakeholders’ meetings of consumers, service providers and manufacturers, or importers, to identify how to get the devices on a sustainable basis and how to arrange training of people in villages, districts and regions to provide the technical services needed to sustain them.
Furthermore, arrangement will be made with suppliers to train trainees who will become trainers. A Farming and technical training unit will be established in each village, district and region to prepare the technical cadre who will pioneer the primary phase of industrialisation to concentrate on making labour saving devices accessible and affordable, to free women from drudgery, develop a reliable base for primary processing of agricultural produce into value added products, and thus reduce their importation and boost rural income.
To launch a secondary phase of Industrialisation which deals with light scale manufacturing, and a tertiary phase of industrialization aimed at machine building by encouraging investment in the sector by the public , private and cooperative sectors that will also combine to form joint stock companies through founding a durable stock market, and further collaborate with other African Countries to promote inter- African stock markets and joint stock companies to ensure economics of scale that goes along with sustainable industrial development.