President Muhammadu Buhari today has launched the National Young Farmers Scheme, designed by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to spur greater youth interest in farming.
The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) which have been abandoned for close to 20 years have been resuscitated by the President during the flagging off of the National Young Farmers’ Scheme, a scheme designed by the agency.
During the program, Buhari stated that it is part of the efforts of his administration to expand and modernize agriculture in Nigeria, and also increase opportunities for youth participation.
Buhari also directed NALDA to retrieve all it’s abandoned farm estates, saying, “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 modern, mechanized farming. I am confident that, under my watch, Nigeria will achieve food security; we will produce most of what we eat”.
The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) under the Presidency is saddled with the mandate of harnessing the full potentials of the vast arable lands in Nigeria. It empowers small Holder and large Scale Farmers and mechanize, it supports the drive for Food and Fiber security while assisting in diversifying the nation’s economy, it improves household incomes and enhances revenue mobilization and generation nationwide.