14th July, 2021
The first of integrated farms developed by National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) is ready in Daura, Katsina state.
It will be commissioned next Monday by President Buhari.
NALDA’s Executive Secretary, Mr Paul Ikonne told NAN that the agency will rehabilitate farm estates in 109 senatorial districts in 21 states of the Federation.
Ikonne who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the Daura farm was completed in six months.
He added that this would guarantee food security and job creation at the grassroots level in Nigeria.
Ikonne recalled that on June 1, 2020 the President resuscitated NALDA and domiciled it under his supervision as contained in the Act that established the Authority
He said the Authority was saddled with the mandate of “harnessing the full potentials of the vast arable lands in Nigeria, empowering smallholder and large scale farmers through mechanisation,
“It is also to support the drive for food and fibre security while assisting in diversifying the nation’s economy, improving household incomes and enhancing revenue mobilisation and generation nationwide,” Ikonne said.
He said the farm estate programme was under the National Young Farmers Scheme (NYFS), adding that each integrated farm was expected to engage at least 1,500 young farmers.
Ikonne said the estate would have poultry pens, goat pens, rabbit pens, fish ponds, crop farming areas, processing and packaging plants, storage, clinics, residential area, school, training centres among others.
He said that the project had already begun in Ogun, Anambra, Ekiti and Ebonyi states while in Borno and Katsina states the project was completed and ready to be commissioned.
“After Mr. President’s directive on recovery of NALDA abandoned farm estates across the country, we embarked on this vigorously and as of today, we have identified and recovered NALDA farm estates in some states.
“The states are Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kebbi, Oyo, Imo, Katsina, Lagos, Ekiti, Delta, Bauchi, Yobe, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Abia.
“NALDA is in partnership with some state governments to reactivate abandoned state-owned farm estates.
‘’NALDA would provide all the things farmers require for dry season farming ranging from tractors, boreholes, pumping machines, planters and transplanters, fertilizer and seeds,” Ikonne said.