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Nigeria: NALDA donates farmland for Agribusiness

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The majority of the country’s income comes from non-oil export which is in line with the Buhari-led administration’s quest to make agribusiness a major driver of the economy, as a result, The National Agricultural Lands Development Authority, NALDA, donated 100 hectares of farmland for agribusiness.

About 400 women and youths are set to benefit from its integrated farm estate in Ariam Elu Elu community in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State.

The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne while inspecting the farmland shared the information. The land was cleared by the NALDA and the project commenced.

He also explained that the 400 women and youth from the community who have undergone training, are ready to man the farm estate for business and economic benefits while NALDA will provide technical support.

According to him, the farm is capable of generating huge revenue annually when it becomes fully operational after the commissioning in a few weeks to come.

Ikonne also maintained that NALDA is out to ensure women and young people are empowered with agribusiness skills in order to boost food security, food sufficiency, and drastically reduce youth unemployment in the country.

He further stated that the integrated farm estate in Ariam Elu Elu community is a deliberate move by the Buhari-led administration to bring back life into the rural economy and curb unnecessary rural-urban migrations, which similar projects are being executed in other parts of the country by the Federal Government through NALDA.

According to him, the project in Abia State is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to ensure youths are gainfully employed and empowered with modern agribusiness skills and knowledge and also as a way to replace aging farmers.

He also made it known that the facility has 50 fish ponds with a capacity of 150, 000 fingerlings and 3,000 fish, and all have been completed; three solar-powered industrial boreholes for constant water supply in the farm; 2 kilometers road network with drainages; solar-powered street lights; office block; and residence.

Also, the farm has high yielding pest resistant 40,000 Dwarf Cavendish; Valerie, and Big Lady Finger species of banana trees planted on 25 hectares of the land within the farm.

In a related development, the NALDA boss also disclosed that the 35 hectares Acharaubo Emekuku Integrated Farm Estate in Owerri North, Local Government Area of Imo State, abandoned for over 30 years is ready for commissioning after its reactivation by NALDA.

It would be recalled that NALDA had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Imo State Government to take over the abandoned farm for reactivation, and engaging women and youths from the community.

Interestingly, the agency has resuscitated part of the farm, while the provision of facilities is being made to commence production activities.

According to him (Ikonne), facilities in the farm include six poultry houses with 18 pens with a capacity of 10,000 birds; three goat houses with 196 goats accommodated; three piggeries with 108 pigs; three solar-powered boreholes; access roads with drainage; and solar-powered street lights.

The farm is also set to create employment youth and women from the community, which are already beneficiaries trained on different aspects of agribusiness on the farm, who were on the farm during NALDA’s inspection.

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