- The federal government's plan to pay more attention to agriculture is yielding results
- The government has unveiled its plan to raise about 77, 400 young farmers across the nation
- The initiative is the brainchild of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority
The federal government through the newly resuscitated National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has revealed its plan to raise about 77, 400 young farmers across the nation in different farming activities ranging from crop farming to animal husbandry.
The newly appointed executive secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, revealed this on Monday, June 1 in Abuja at the maiden press briefing since President Muhammadu Buhari resuscitated the agency.
Speaking at the briefing, Prince Ikonne said his plan is to ensure that the organisation drive the country's economy.
His words: “Our short-term programs are; providing farm inputs such as improved seeds, fertilizers, machinery, environmentally friendly crop protection agents, growth enhancers and training which will be given to already existing farmers and this will assist them during this farming season in order to improve their yield.”
Speaking on how to achieve his plans, Ikonne said: “We intend to have 77,400 young farmers injected into Nigerian farming business across the nation in different farming activities ranging from crop farming to animal husbandry.
“These young farmers will be drawn from the 774 local governments, with a pilot number of 100 per local government. In this initiative, we will partner with governors for provision or donation of land and other stakeholders as this will create employment and food production will be increased.”
While expressing confidence in the organisation to drive the economy, the executive secretary said: “Our intention going by NALDA’s mandate, is to make agriculture a business and a source of wealth creation for the country. This we intend to achieve by increasing palm oil and soya beans production for export among others.”
He stated that Nigeria’s potential in the agricultural sector cannot be overemphasized, adding that NALDA under his watch will provide the required leadership to help the president in his quest to diversify the economy.
Meanwhile, the federal government will on Tuesday, June 9, inaugurate a 200,000 capacity yam storage facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Benue state.
The facility located at the Zaki Biam International Yam Market in the state is part of the National MSMEs shared facility scheme being implemented by the federal government.
The shared facility project is an initiative of the National MSMEs Clinics aimed at providing for the needs of businesses under a production cluster arrangement with the pilot schemes in Oyo and Bauchi states.
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