NALDA Partners Adamawa to Boost Rice Production
The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), said it has concluded plans to set up three rice processing mills in partnership with the state government in Adamawa State to boost rice production.
NALDA, Executive Secretary, Mr. Paul Ikonne, In an interactive session with farmers in the state, said the government would assist the farmers to make money from their produce through value addition which had been lacking in agriculture, adding that the era of middlemen buying off farm produce from farmers at a ridiculous rate and engaging in price arbitrage was over, as farmers will henceforth add value to their produce before selling it.
In his words “I am here in Adamawa State with a message from the president, the message says go to all the communities, develop their land and make the people rich.
“The only way to achieve that in all the communities is through agriculture, and if it is through agriculture and we are all farmers, which means this message is for us.
“NALDA is back to make millionaires in all the communities in the country. We have to discover that the people that make money from farm produces are not the farmers.”
Furthermore Ikonne said, “NALDA coming back as a business platform is to help you understand that what you are doing is business, and when you understand it is business, you will be able to know how much you will place on what you are producing.”
He noted that the agency had identified its 4000 hectares of farmer estates in the state as well as received additional donations of 5000 hectares for farming in the state.
Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Dishi Khabe, commended the partnership, saying it would empower farmers in the state. He said he was committed to supporting NALDA in all areas of its endeavours.
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