Let us start our review looking at the prices of tractors in Nigeria. But to get a fairly accurate review of the prices of tractors, it is necessary to divide the tractors into the following categories based on size and mode of operation:
1. Hand operated tractors.
2. Mini tractors.
3. Biggest size or heaviest tractor category.
Price of Hand Operated/Pushed Tractors
In case you do not know, some tractors have been invented which are pushed and operated by hand. These tractors are called hand operated tractors.
They are the smallest types of tractors and are already presently available in Nigeria. The price of a fairly used hand operated tractor ranges from between 350 000 Naira to 500 000 Naira at the time of this writing.
For a completely new hand operated tractor at the time of this writing, you can get it at the price of between 1.2 to 2 million naira.
You can check for the prices of hand operated tractors at the jiji.com and olx.com classified sites. Before I continue, it should be noted that hand operated tractors have their own engines which power their operations and can also power some small implements.
The term “hand operated” is just used to indicate that this type of tractor is moved by hand. One advantage of this type of tractor is due to the fact that it is relatively cheaper than the other types of tractor, this type of tractor could be rented or hired easily. It could also be used on medium sized farmlands.
Price of Mini Tractors
Mini tractors are bigger than hand operated or pushed tractor. As at the time of this writing, the lowest price at which you can get a fairly used mini tractor is 2.5 million naira.
But it seems it is nearly impossible for you to purchase a new one in Nigeria except if you want to order directly from the supplier abroad which will be more expensive.
Back to the price of the fairly used mini tractors, it ranges from 2.5 million to 4 million naira. Some of the organizations might allow you to negotiate the price with them.
Price of Bigger Sized Tractors
We are now in the biggest category of farm tractors. In this category, we will mention some of the common brands of farm tractors found in Nigeria.
The common brands are Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Mahindra and Caterpillar. The common practice is to buy or purchase these tractors in a fairly used state.
The price of a fairly used tractor in this category is between 6 million to 12 million naira. You can get a new tractor at a price starting from 11 million naira. This is one of the reasons why most farmers in Nigeria are finding it very difficult to obtain these types of tractors.
Prices of Tractor Accessories
Tractor accessories are the farm implements attached to the tractor. They are usually attached to the tractor because they are powered by the tractor to perform their operations. In this section we will be looking at the prices of some of these accessories.
Price of Ploughs
The plough is an implement used to break up the soil immediately after clearing. The price of a fairly used plough is between 2.7 million naira and 4 million naira. One can get a new plough at the price of 4 million naira upwards depending on the company.
Price of Tillers
This is a type of cultivator that breaks down hard soil clods produced by the plough. It does this by piercing through the soil clods.
Depending on the size, one can get a tiller at the price of 195 thousand naira. This is the minimum price at which a tiller can be bought.
Price of Ridgers
The ridger is an implement consisting of two sets of opposed single discs arranged in a manner so as to enable it to make two full ridges.
To purchase a ridger, most suppliers in Nigeria will want you to contact them personally to obtain the price. But one can decide to order for a ridger online.
One of the best places to go is alibaba.com. One can get some ridgers especially ones of the lowest size at the minimum price of 100 dollars converting it to naira and factoring the shipping costs one can round it up to 40000 naira at the time of this writing.
One can purchase the medium sized ridgers at the minimum price of 500 dollars maybe converting it to naira, one will round everything up to 200000 naira. Larger or very heavy ones can be ordered for at the minimum price of 4 million naira.
Price of Planters
The planter is a machine used to place the seeds of crops such as maize, rice, beans etc. in the soil with precision and accuracy. Planters are of two types which are the tractor-mounted and the self-powered.
In this section, we are only looking at the price of the tractor mounted planter. The tractor-mounted planter can be purchased at the minimum price of 1.5 million naira.
Price of Harvesters
Harvesters are farm machines used to aid the easy harvesting of various crops during harvest. There are various types of harvesters but we will limit ourselves to the price of the tractor-mounted combine harvester.
The price of the tractor-mounted combine harvester ranges from between 6 million naira to 30 million naira for the ones of very big size. For mini sized combined harvesters that is the ones mounted on mini tractors, the price range is from 400000 to 1.2 million naira. While for the micro tractor-mounted combine harvesters, the price range is from 200000 naira to 400000 naira.
Price of Sprayers
Sprayers are machines used to spray certain chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, and weedicides during farm activities. As we have been doing, we will concentrate on the prices of tractor-mounted sprayers.
If the sprayer is of the mini or smallest size one can purchase it at a price of 20000 naira per piece. For the one of the biggest size, one could purchase it at the minimum price of 160000 naira per piece. Please note, the prices stated here are the ones given at the time of this writing.
So, here is the price of tractors and some of its accessories in Nigeria. The list is by no means exhaustive. This is because the development of tractors and its accessories for the Nigeria market is an ongoing process.
Also the prices of these farm machines are not stable due to the volatile nature of the foreign exchange market. Therefore anytime you want to purchase a tractor or an implement, it is advisable for you to do your findings on the internet at that instance.