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Nigeria: 200 farmers to experience capacity building in Morocco, Israel

NALDA farmers
The Herdsmen cattle (fulani)

On a capacity-building tour to Morocco and Israel to learn about crop cultivation and animal husbandry, Nigeria’s National Agriculture Lands Development Authority (NALDA) is sending 200 young farmers

The initiative’s goal is to make agriculture more appealing to young people while also allowing them to benefit from Morocco’s and Israel’s advanced agricultural and agribusiness methods.

In a ceremony held yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria, the 200 recipients received their travel documents.

NALDA Executive Secretary Prince Paul Ikonne noted during the ceremony that the project is in line with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Young Farmers Scheme (NYFS).

According to the Nigerian government, the NYFS has assisted around 1,000 farmers from 774 Nigerian Local Government Areas (LGAs). Every year, the program generates 774,000 new job possibilities.

Ikonne is hoping that the capacity-building program would lead to better food production in Nigeria, enabling the West African country to meet its domestic demands, as well as exports.

Sending the young farmers to Morocco and Israel, according to Ikonne, is part of a new “Aggressive Food Production” project in partnership with Nigeria’s Ministry of Education.

Because of their competence in crop production and greenhouse management, NALDA picked Morocco and Israel to host the young farmers.

Nigeria wants to revitalize its agricultural industry and reposition it as an economic pillar. In 2016, Buhari stated, “We must create what we eat and consume what we produce.

NALDA’s key objectives are to empower local farmers, who are the backbone of Nigeria’s agricultural business, as well as to attain food and fiber security and diversify the economy.

Morocco has emerged as a role model for many African countries as they face a variety of challenges in their national agriculture policies, the majority of which stem from structural imbalances in an increasingly globalized economy.

According to Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture, the North African country’s agriculture and fisheries industries have fared well during the 2021-2022 season in spite of the worldwide crisis.

The COVID-19 epidemic, in combination with the continuing Russia-Ukraine conflict, has impacted global food security and energy prices, particularly in Africa.