Problems facing Local Manufacturers in the Nigerian Agro-Allied Machine Fabrication Industry
This study investigates the challenges and opportunities of the local industries involved in the fabrication of agro-related machinery in Nigeria. With the aid of personal interviews, on-spot assessment/visual inspection, a number of problems confronting these local industries were recorded. These include erratic power supply, cost of raw materials, level of automation, noise pollution, occupa-tional hazards, instability in government policies, market-ability and a general bias for machines fabricated locally.
The government is currently making efforts at reviving the economy, yet the priorities set in addressing the prob-lems of the local economy may not be aligned with the actual priority problems that local companies face in their daily business. The paper makes suggestions on how the government could better address the primary concerns of the industry in areas like power supply, raw material proc-essing and sensitization of the Nigeria populace towards appreciating and procuring locally made machines.