President Muhammadu Buhari has directed National Land Development Authority (NALDA) to establish integrated farm estates in all the senatorial districts to boost food production across the country.
Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr Paul Ikonne, who disclosed this to State House correspondents on Sunday, said that the directive was THE FIRST part of the outcome of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
According to him, the president has inaugurated one of such integrated farms in Daura, Katsina, adding that NALDA is poised to accomplish the remaining 108 farms, in line with the presidential directive.
He said that the aim was to ensure that the giant strides already made in agriculture under the current administration were sustained. The NALDA boss, therefore, urged state governments to partner with NALDA to achieve the goal by donating land for the integrated farms in their respective domains.
He further expressed the hope that the scheme would help the country generate more employment and attain food security. “The president gave the directive that we must make agriculture attractive to young Nigerians so that they will be engaged.
Ikonne added that the president had directed NALDA to put up the integrated farm estates in the remaining 108 senatorial districts.
According to him, the recent presidential inauguration of Daura Integrated Farm Estate, with the capacity to engage 1,500 young farmers, was an eye opener to Nigerians regarding Buhari’s passion of achieving food security in the country.
He said that arrangements were already on by NALDA to put up processing centres in all the farm estates, to discourage importation of finished products.