STIHL and C.WOERMANN partner with IITA to enhance smallholder farmers’ productivity through agricultural mechanization
STIHL, a company specializing in agricultural equipment production for smallholder farmers, is working on bringing affordable farming mechanization closer to the end-users in Africa. Hence, in partnership with C.WOERMANN and IITA, STIHL organized a hands-on training program on agricultural equipment usage and maintenance. The training, which took place at the IITA headquarters on 11 May, assembled farmers and agro-input dealers from various parts of Nigeria.
The training was in two phases: the first featured a practical session on machines for soil and trees, such as brush cutters, tillers, earth augers, and palm harvesters. The second phase focused on the practical operation of machines for water, such as water pumps, mist blowers, and sprayers. Ewokolo Achiri, STIHL Marketing Manager for West and Central Africa, and Volker Rohlich, STIHL Training expert, showed the participants how to operate and maintain the machines using the correct quantity of STIHL oil and fuel mixture. IITA Postharvest Specialist Peter Kolawole assisted with the demonstrations.