National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA says it has achieved a lot in the area of food security and job creation.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne told journalists in Abuja, that landmark achievements have been made in impacting young farmers and women through several agricultural projects.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday, showcase NALDA’s achievements to the public.
He said with more Nigerians going into food production, President Buhari’s intervention in NALDA has promoted agribusiness across the 36 States within two years.
Prince Ikonne added that over 50,000 youths have been empowered through its numerous programmes designed to groom young Nigerians.
He assured that the country would not experience food shortage in 2023 as NALDA had acquired machineries that will accelerate farming across the six geo-political zones.
The NALDA boss also stated that his organization is currently cultivating 500 hectares of wheat this dry season.
“Agriculture is a process and being a process, NALDA is progressing when we came on board when Mr President resuscitated NALDA, there was nothing NALDA inherited in terms of equipment or infrastructure from the old NALDA, but as we speak today NALDA has offices in almost the 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory.
”NALDA has acquired tractors, farm implements and farms across the country and all the six geopolitical zones within this space of time and has empowered over 50, 000 Nigerians aside women.”
“So the progress and foundation the President is using NALDA to build would begin to yield more fruits and make more impact but the most important thing is that a strong foundation has been laid in resuscitating NALDA and giving the agency all the support that is required to function effectively.”
“Mr President will be unveiling what NALDA has been doing within these two years.’‘
The NALDA Executive Secretary explained that wheat planting is currently ongoing in states like Gombe, Jigawa, Adamawa, Taraba and Bauchi as it engages three farmers per hectare.
Reporting by Zacchaeus Babalola; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tersoo Nicholas