In continuation of its drive to actualize its mandate of ensuring Nigeria attains food security within the shortest possible time, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) is set to
engage over 3000 youths in its integrated farm estate in Ebonyi State.
Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, who disclosed this
in an interview with newsmen shortly after paying a courtesy visit to Ebonyi State governor, Engr. David Umahi, in his country home in Uburu, Ikonne said the proposed integrated farm estate would be established in 104 hectares of land donated by the state government.
He assured that the integrated farm estate would be completed by October, 2021.
The NALDA boss who showered encomiums on the Ebonyi State government for providing enabling environment and infrastructure for the take-off of the project, said the Authority would work inexorably to turn around the fortunes of agricultural activities, with a view to generating wealth and creating a new lease of life for Ebonyi youths.
According to him, “We are in Ebonyi State to partner with the government. We have seen that the Governor has keyed into Mr.
President’s agenda of achieving food security in the country.
“With what the Governor has put in place in infrastructure, it has made our job easier. Farmers will be able to convey their produce to the market as a result of good road network in the state.
“We are establishing an integrated farm estate in Ebonyi, like we are doing in other states. This is the mandate of Mr. President, that we should reactivate abandoned farm estates and develop new ones for food security.
“The Governor of Ebonyi State is eager and in a hurry for us to achieve food security. He is in total support of achieving Mr. President’s vision and resolving herdsmen/farmers crisis.”
In the same meeting with the governor, the NALDA boss said the activities of the Authority would be run purely as business to deliver results in no distant time.
Responding, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi profusely thanked NALDA Executive Secretary and his team for the visit.
Umahi said in the history of Nigeria, no past President had been able to empower the citizenry like President Muhammadu Buhari administration
He underscored the need for those in leadership positions and their followers to imbibe the virtue of hard work to surmount the plethora of challenges confronting the nation.
He requested that NALDA should consider production of fingerlings and
poultry in its proposed integrated farm estate, adding that 90 per cent of the state’s poultry needs are imported from Abia and Cross River states.
To this end, he pledged his irrevocable commitment to the actualisation of the project in the state.
The governor seized the opportunity to conduct the Executive Secretary of NALDA and his team round to some of the ongoing and completed projects his administration had initiated in the state.
Ikonne who was on a two-day state visit, inspected another 3,000 hectares of land located in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State.
The NALDA boss was led on the tour by Ebonyi State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Moses Nomeh, together with other state officials.
Ikonne promised that the Authority would engage in the clearing and preparation of the land, embark on the training of the benefitting farmers under the National Young Farmers Scheme (NYFS).
He further pledged to provide infrastructure, farm mechanisation, farm
inputs and other logistics to the young farmers, as part of measures to create jobs, generate wealth and ensure food security in the State and the nation at large.