***As Abdulrazak Hails New Initiative
No less than 2, 000 Youths and with potential spin-offs of another 5, 000 would be first line beneficiaries of a new farm estate initiatives by the Kwara State government and federal government in Agbeyangi, Ilorin.
This was revealed after it was learnt that the state government has set aside 100 hectare of land for a farm estate.
Initiative will cover the production of yam, maize and cassava as well as animal husbandry, with no less than 2000 people of Agbeyangi and environs engaged in crop production and processing.
Commenting on the development, Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said that the gesture reiterated his administration’s focus on making Kwara a food basket of the nation and creating jobs for women and youths through large-scale farming.
The Governor spoke in Ilorin at the weekend when he received the Executive Secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne, who came for inspection of one of the sites for the state’s Integrated farm estate – a federal government’s agricultural project, in Agbeyangi, Ilorin East local government of the state.
AbdulRazaq commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative and his untiring efforts to revive the country’s glory in the agricultural sector, adding that the project aligns with his government’s vision to support mechanised farming and address hunger.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Saba Issa Gideon, the Governor called on the Agbeyangi community and other communities benefiting from the project to see it as an opportunity to change their economic status for better and learn modern farming techniques.
“This farm estate will go a long way in boosting food production and engage more youth and women productively.
“It will also serve as a training centre for the locals to enhance their skills on farming. Some people might have been in doubt as to whether the project will come to fruition, here is the reality on ground,” he said.
“We commend the federal government through NALDA and the participating community for providing land.
“As the federal government brings this initiative, the state government is ready to provide full support to make the programme succeed.
“I implore you (the community) to claim ownership and ensure that everything goes on well.”
Prince Paul Ikonne, the Executive Secretary of NALDA, said the visit was for inspection of the proposed farm site provided by the state government to fulfil the agricultural plan of the central government.
His words: “We are here to inspect and officially accept 100 hectares of land the community donated for the NALDA Farm estate, which Mr. President mandated us to develop in all the senatorial districts in the country to achieve food security and create job opportunities for Nigerians; and as you can see, the contractor has done a very good job in terms of land clearing. And you can also see that the community is willing and waiting to benefit. “
He commended the Governor for his commitment to the scheme.
Source: Daily Independent