President Buhari has directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to set up farm estates in 108 senatorial districts across the country. This was disclosed on Sunday by the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Paul Ikonne after his meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ikonne said, “What you see is that agriculture is one of Mr. President’s heartbeat projects and he wants to see that we achieve food security in the country and NALDA is purely under the supervision of Mr. President and that is why you can see the progress that we’re making.
“I believe that the commissioning of the Daura Integrated Farm Estate in Katsina state which has the capacity to take in 1500 young farmers, is a stepping stone or an eye-opener to Nigerians towards Mr. President’s passion in achieving food security.
“Now, we didn’t stop at the Daura project, as we speak, the Integrated Farm Estate in Borno is 75 percent completed and we are also doing, in 40 locations, fish villages to engage women to take in those people who are coming, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in order to get them reintegrated and get them engaged, thereby providing job opportunity for them.
“As Mr. President is pursuing achieving food security, at the same time also creating job opportunities for Nigerians is on the front burner and that is what we are achieving, or we are doing using the NALDA platform.”
Ikonne also revealed that Kogi State has donated 700 hectares of land which is projected to engage about 4000 youths, therefore also reducing herders/farmers clash.
He added, “That farm in Kogi will go a long way in addressing the issues between herders/farmers because we are going to cluster the herdsmen, provide them with pastures and the facilities they need like water and other facilities that will support their business in cattle rearing.”
He further said, “Again, in Ogun State, we have finished land clearing, 100 hectares has been completely cleared and the access road has been provided in that place and that farm will take in 2500 youths.”