National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has established its Integrated Farm Estate and Fish Villages in Borno State.
The initiative is set to create over 4,000 jobs for indigenes of the state particularly those returning home from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, during an inspection tour of the proposed NALDA Integrated Farm Estate under construction in Jere Local Government Area, Borno state.
Ikonne noted that the 100-hectare farm estate is expected to create 1,500 jobs while the fish farms which are forty in number will provide an additional 2,500 jobs for women and youths in the state.
He stated that efforts were being made in partnership with the state government to ensure that the facilities came into operation before the end of the year.
Stating further, he indicated that the Federal Government intended to reinstate the IDP’s as well as engage them in the entire agricultural value chain while providing them with an enabling environment.
Ikonne reaffirmed President’s Buhari vision of ensuring the reactivation of abandoned lands, increasing farming capacity as well attracting youths into agriculture, adding that the farm estate strategy remained central to modernising and repositioning the agriculture sector.
According to him, the farm estate will primarily focus on livestock production as well as pasture and crop production.
On his part, Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, expressed optimism about the potential of the project to create jobs for citizens who had lost their sources of livelihood to the current insurgency bedevilling the area.
“The number of projects that NALDA is doing in Borno State is mighty because the projects cut across all the 27 local governments areas. But the government has put in place a sustainability mechanism that will ensure the sustenance of these projects,” Zulum Stated.
The governor lauded the efforts of NALDA in improving agriculture in the state while expressing satisfaction over the quality of jobs being executed at the construction sites.
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