President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the creation of Integrated Farm Estates in all 108 senatorial districts in the nation.
The President who tasked the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to set up the nationwide farms, said that the scheme was aimed at engaging youths to achieve food security in the shortest possible time.
Executive Secretary of NALDA, Paul Ikonne, in his reaction to the presidential directive called on State Governors to provide lands for the establishment of the farm estates.
Ikonne made this known to the State House correspondents after meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday.
The Executive Secretary noted that the Kogi State government had donated 700 hectares of land to NALDA for the proposed integrated farm estate adding that the 100 hectares of land donated by the Ogun State government had already been cleared.
Ikonne also said that in Kogi State, 700 hectares of land had been secured from the governor of the state and the first phase of the project which is projected to engage over 4,000 youths into the entire agricultural process will be commissioned this year.
In his words, “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.
“As we speak, the Integrated Farm Estate in Borno is 75 percent completed and we are also doing the same in 40 locations.
“As Mr. President is pursuing achieving food security, and at the same time, 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.”
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