NALDA Commences Reactivation of 300 hectares of abandoned Farmland
The National Agricultural Land Development Authority, (NALDA), has commenced work on reactivating 300 hectares of abandoned farmland in Gombe State to engage and empower young people.
The Executive Secretary, NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, who visited the farmland at the weekend for on the spot assessment in order to kick-start dry season farming, said that the farmland was one NALDA’s farm estates but has been abandoned for some years.
Ikonne explained that the authority is acting according to the directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that over 400 youths will be engaged in cultivating the land, and abandoned facilities in the farm will be rehabilitated and utilized to boost food production and wealth creation as one of the focus of the Buhari-led administration.
Ikonne explained that NALDA wants to partner with farmers in Gombe State to achieve the desire of Buhari-led administration for Nigeria to grow what we eat.
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“So the essence of our visit today is to extend our hands of partnership and collaboration in order to give our farmers a sense of belonging. To give them all the necessary support so that our output will be desirable.”
The Federal College of Horticulture, (FCH), Dadin, Kowa, Gombe State, also donated 100 hectares of farmland to the NALDA so as to consolidate on what the Authority has in the State.
Ikonne assured that his organization will commence preparation of the land on the strength of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the FCH, and also made it clear funding will come from his organization including off-takers to buy the produce.
REPORTED BY OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO
WORLD FARMERS CENTRE