The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has received land donations for wheat farming in Ribadu village, Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The donation is to boost wheat production in Nigeria, enhance the country’s economic and agricultural growth and encourage youth participation in agriculture.
The land is expected to engage 1,000 youths from the community, on a two youth per hectare sharing ratio.
While receiving the land at the Palace of His Royal Highness Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Ribadu (Gidado), in Ribadu, the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne said President Muhammadu Buhari is interested in empowering the farmers and raising more millionaires through agriculture.
He explained that the land would be reallocated to the indigenes of the town while the Authority would work out modalities on training them and providing inputs for dry season farming.
The Authority would work with stakeholders in the town, to get the farmers on board, he asserted.
“What we do is to empower the farmers; the president is interested in raising more Millionaires from farming and the agricultural sector and also attracts more people to go into agribusiness.
“When we take possession of this land we would also allocate it to the indigenes, people from your community that you would nominate, our job is to put them through how to go through dry season farming, provide all the inputs and all the support that they need”, he said.
Apart from input provision, Ikonne added that NALDA would buy back the produce from the farmers. According to him, this would ensure that they sell off their produce at the right price while also making enough profit from the sale.
He said, “Most times farmers sell at very low prices because they just want to sell off and get some money but NALDA buying it back from them means they would sell at the right price in order to get value and NALDA would also recoup the investment they’ve made.”
On his part, the Emir appreciated the Executive Secretary’s efforts and assured him of his support on the project while noting that the list of the beneficiaries would be made available to NALDA before the end of October.
He, however, advised that the engagement process be properly done to ensure that genuine farmers are incorporated. According to him, any form of carelessness would dent the image of NALDA.
Bulldozers are however expected to commence land clearing activities by the first week of November and land allocation to selected qualified farmers would also commence simultaneously.
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