All NALDA's abandoned farm estates should be retrieved for farming - Buhari

All NALDA's abandoned farm estates should be retrieved for farming - Muhammadu Buhari
Emeh Joy

President Muhammadu Buhari has ought for more involvement of Nigerian youths in agriculture asking that all NALDA' s abandoned estates be retrieved to enable more young people to engage in farming.

Buhari had urged agencies which are involved in agriculture to streamline their priorities further to include the youths in driving modern methods of farming.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said in a statement that the president spoke at the inauguration of the National Young Farmers Scheme designed by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority.

The statement was titled, "More youth inclusion in modern agriculture will bolster economy improving earnings, says President Buhari".

He quoted that Buhari assured those interested that an enabling environment would be created for their full participation.

"I have directed that all NALDA's abandoned farm estates be retrieved to enable thousands of our young men and women to be engaged in farming.

"This administration will be achieving agricultural mechanisation through this scheme, and I am confident that Nigeria, under my watch, will achieve food security in producing most of what we eat.

"In good harvest years, we may even export our surpluses and earn foreign exchange. By virtue of my passion and desire for agriculture and also as a farmer myself, I am directly supervising NALDA as an authority under the Presidency.

"I am told that so far, 4,333 families have benefited from this scheme and it is expected that many more individuals and families will benefit as the programme is rolled out", the President had said.

The Executive Secretary/CEO of NALDA, Mr Paul Iknonne had assured the president that conscious efforts would be made to revive interest in farming so as to help tackle poverty and further create wealth in the nation.

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