The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) will rehabilitate farm estates in 109 senatorial districts in 21 states of the Federation.
NALDA’s Executive Secretary, Mr Paul Ikonne on Wednesday in Abuja said that President Buhari would commission the first of the integrated farm estates in Daura, Katsina State on July 19.
Ikonne who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the project was completed in six months.
He added that this would guarantee food security and job creation at the grassroots level in Nigeria.
Ikonne recalled that on June 1, 2020 the President resuscitated NALDA and domiciled it under his supervision as contained in the Act that established the Authority
He said the Authority was saddled with the mandate of “harnessing the full potentials of the vast arable lands in Nigeria, empowering smallholder and large scale farmers through mechanisation,
“It is also to support the drive for food and fibre security while assisting in diversifying the nation’s economy, improving household incomes and enhancing revenue mobilisation and generation nationwide,” Ikonne said.
Ikonne said the estate would have poultry pens, goat pens, rabbit pens, fish ponds, crop farming areas, processing and packaging plants, storage, clinics, residential area, school, training centres among others.
“After Mr. President’s directive on recovery of NALDA abandoned farm estates across the country, we embarked on this vigorously and as of today, we have identified and recovered NALDA farm estates in some states.
“The states are Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kebbi, Oyo, Imo, Katsina, Lagos, Ekiti, Delta, Bauchi, Yobe, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Abia.
“NALDA is in partnership with some state governments to reactivate abandoned state-owned farm estates.
‘’NALDA would provide all the things farmers require for dry season farming ranging from tractors, boreholes, pumping machines, planters and transplanters, fertilizer and seeds,” Ikonne said. (NAN)