In a bid to reduce poverty and boost food production, the federal government has commissioned 120 farm housing units and empowerment centres for farmers at Dustman in zawiya village, Maiduguri Borno State, saying it will also be empowering 250,000 young Nigerians on Agricultural practices across the country.
While speaking at the launch of the edifice, the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Paul Ikonne, explained that the initiative was to encourage young people to venture into agriculture. He called on state governments to key into the Agriculture policies of president Bola Tinubu Renewed hope agenda for sustainable food production.
According to him, The facility which is segmented to have fish ponds, Poultry houses, goats pens, animal husbandry, raffia grass field in its production area, have empowerment centres where women and youths would undergo training on Agriculture practices.
The NALDA boss expressed hope that the initiative would boost Agriculture production in the state and called on beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity.
On his part , the Executive governor of Borno state, Babangana Zulum who commended the initiative, said it would mostly benefit returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have been battered by bandits and terrorists over the years, he further pledged the state’s readiness to provide lands for investors who are interested in investing in agriculture, noting that it will Contribute to the economic development of the state.
Editor: Ena Agbanoma