President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the first Integrated Farm Estate by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) in Suduje, Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State, North-West Nigeria while restating his administration’s commitment to lifting one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty.
Delivering the keynote address, President Buhari said the Farm Estate is a landmark in the country’s journey to achieving food security and ensuring that Nigeria eats what it produces.
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He noted that with continuous being made in the agriculture sector, Nigeria could produce a surplus that would be exported.
He said: “I am confident that Nigeria under my watch will achieve food security in producing most what we eat, in good harvest year we may even export our surplus and earn foreign exchange”.
The integrated farming Estate scheme would promote job creation and employment for the teeming youths in the country.
“The integrated opens up more opportunities for employment and most importantly create a communal based system that promotes food security and entrepreneurship”, he added.
President Buhari commended the NALDA boss and his team for the initiative and for achieving such a milestone in such a short time.
The estate farm boasts of forty (40) poultry pens with a capacity of over four hundred thousand (400,000) Birds, Fish ponds with a capacity of producing two hundred thousand (200,000) fish, Cow and Goat pens with a capacity of five hundred (500) animals, Rabbit pens with the capacity to take three thousand (3,000) rabbits, Bee apiary with a capacity of five hundred and forty (540) litres of honey per harvest, Crop farming, packaging and processing zones.
The Estate which is established on one hundred (100) hectares of land donated by the Katsina State government also comprises of social amenities such as access roads, school, clinic and a residential area, with one hundred and twenty (120) units of one-bedroom apartments for farmers and their families to live and work in the farm.