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Food Security: President Buhari order establishment of integrated farm estate across Nigeria

Food Security: President Buhari order establishment of integrated farm estate across Nigeria

By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina

President Muhammadu Buhari has today Monday commissioned the first Integrated Farm Estate established by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, in Daura local government area of Katsina State.

He directed NALDA to established integrated farm estate in all the 109 senatorial districts across Nigeria aimed at boosting food security.

He also assured that there was no going back in the ongoing revolution in agriculture sector.

The President while commissioning the first established integrated farm estate in Nigeria located at Suduje village, Daura LGA of Katsina State, shortly after inspecting facilities at the farm estate, said the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA is already moribund when he assumed office noting that they had to reinstate it to meet the growing need of the country

“I directed that all NALDA abounded farm estate be revive for our able young men and women to be engaged in farming. This administration will be achieving agricultural mechanization through visiting and am confident that Nigeria under my watch will achieve food security in producing what we eat and even exporter of our surpluses and earn foreign exchange.

“The integrated farm estate is open for opportunity for employment and most importantly create communal based system among others. I wish to reinstate my commitments by getting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Earlier, the NALDA Executive Secretary, Prince Paul Ikonne in his address, said the first integrated farm estate took six months to be put in place.

“Following the vision of the President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty with focus on the most vulnerable members of the society like widows, poor and unskilled and teeming youths the NALDA integrated farm is deliberately designed to accommodate, empower and position the first new set of 1,500 agro- entrepreneurs this year. For continuity and sustainability, we have designed a management system whereby a private bank, Jaiz Bank, will manage the entire facility with a team of our professionals, the entire farm has the capacity to generate over N1.7 billion in the first year.”

Also speaking, Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefele, observed that the farm estate was capable of developing rural areas in the country as well as providing jobs for the rural dwellers.

“After this Estate, the CBN will work out in collaboration with the NALDA to see how we can replicate this project in our rural communities to make life more meaningful for our rural dwellers and youths”.

Governors of Katsina,. Aminu Bello Masari and that of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, both lauded the contribution of President Buhari in salvaging the country economic through agriculture.