President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority to set up integrated farm estates in all 108 senatorial districts nationwide.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Paul Ikonne, who disclosed this to State House correspondents on Sunday after meeting with the President in Abuja, said the scheme is aimed at engaging youths to achieve food security in the shortest possible time.
Ikonne added that the Kogi State government has donated 700 hectares of land to NALDA for the integrated land estate, while the 100 hectares of land donated by the Ogun State government has already been cleared.
He therefore called on state governors to key into the President’s desire to avail lands for the establishment of farm estates.
Ikonne noted that President Buhari is committed to and working towards ensuring that the country achieved food security.
“What the President is doing, the foundation he’s laying in agriculture, is what Nigerians would live to remember him for. No other government, no other government, I repeat, has done as much as Mr. President has done in agriculture and that is why Nigeria is coming closer to achieving food sufficiency.
“If not for Mr. President’s proactive initiative towards farming, the COVID-19 would have knocked everybody out, having been locked in a room or in a house for one year, nobody went to farm, but because of the proactive initiatives he took before COVID-19 came, there was enough food for Nigerians to eat.
“Going further, we are seeking more land donations so that states, governments and communities should make their lands available. The President has directed that we should put up this integrated farm estates in the remaining 108 senatorial district and NALDA is ready to roll out, and for those states that have made the land available, they can as well testify that no time is being wasted and we have swung into action.
“So, I call on other state governors to key into Mr. President’s desire to make land available for this farm estates to be established, as this will take away youths from unemployment market and engage them and we’ll be able to achieve food security in a very short period of time,” Ikonne said.