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July 3rd, 2018 / Joy Online

Fascinated by the advanced technology on farms in America, African farmers are demanding increased access to mechanized means of farming as the sure way to ensure food security and help lift the continent out of poverty.

In sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that 70 percent of agricultural production is subsistence farming and very little commercialized farming occurs. A lot of farmers in Africa rely on light implements in their farming, use traditional seeds and employ mainly family labour on their farms.

The average farm size in the United States of America is 178 hectares but in Africa, it is as low as 2.4 hectares with a majority of the producers relying on hoe and cutlasses to farm at very low production rates. The continent is heavily dependent on imported food with the annual average food import bill currently standing at about $50 billion. Read more