NALDA targets 1,000 tonnes of maize production in Plateau 

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) says it is targeting the production of 1,000 metric tonnes of maize in Plateau to boost food security in the country.

The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ikonne said the project would be the first of its kind and the closest they have felt the presence of the Federal government Agriculture intervention in the communities.

“The Projects includes cultivatation of 200 hectares of maize farm for the 2022 wet season, five solar powered boreholes for dry season irrigation farming”. 

He said that NALDA had taken delivery of inputs such as Seeds, herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to about 600 beneficiary farmers through the traditional ruler and youth leaders.

Ikonne said that communities in the state donated 618 hectares of land for the first phase of the projects, out of which 200  hectares would be cultivated with a targeted yield of 1,000 metric tons.

He explained that the initiative was part of President Buhari’s efforts to ensure that no matter the level of food crises that may arise from the effect of the Russia/Ukraine war, Nigeria would have enough food for her citizens.

He urged farmers with the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria to aggressively produce food by meeting them at their point of needs in their localities.

“What NALDA is doing at this time is to encourage farmers and individuals to aggressively go into farming in order to achieve food security,“he said.

Ikonne noted that after the wet season harvests,  NALDA would also cultivate wheat in the state.

The secretary also encouraged the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity as it would help reduce crime in the communities and the society at large.

He assured of NALDA’s continuous support all through the farming process through extension services to ensure maximum yields and to off take from them during harvest.

The traditional ruler of the communities, Kanankur Sule Longvel while receiving the inputs, commended NALDA for the intervention.

He assured that the inputs would be fully utilized and appealed for the construction of access roads to farms and tractors to encourage mechanised Agriculture.

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