The National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA says it is set to begin wet season farming on the NALDA recovered farm estates across the country.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the Executive Secretary, NALDA, Paul Ikonne said the authority awaits more land donations from communities in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Yobe and Adamawa States.
In a bid to achieve its mandate, Ikonne said NALDA has embarked on establishing fish villages to engage rural women in fish production and packaging in some pilot states like Borno, Abia among others.
He said In partnership with some state governments, NALDA has reactivated some abandoned state-owned farm estates In Imo, Ebonyi, and have started the reconstruction and reactivation of the abandoned farm estates, comprising of 20 poultry pens, goat pens, crop farming areas, feed mill and is expected to be completed by August.
According to the NALDA Boss, the authority has initiated a programme called NALDA Integrated Farms to be established in the 109 Senatorial Districts across the country and have reached out to the leadership of the Senate to facilitate land donation with the state governments. The programme is expected to engage at least 1,500 farmers.
The Authority is reactivating farm estates in Gombe, Borno, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kebbi, Oyo, Imo, Katsina, Lagos, Ekiti, Delta, Bauchi, Yobe, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Akwa Ibom and Abia States.
NALDA is also engaging farmers in dry season farming on rice production in some pilot states of Adamawa, Niger, Yobe, Taraba and Bauchi.