Food security: 900 farmers in two states get NALDA’s agric empowerment programme

As part of efforts to ensure Nigeria attains food sufficiency, hence ensure food security, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has distributed agricultural inputs to 900 farmers in Ebonyi and Osun states.

The input distribution aimed at assisting farmers across the country to maximize crop cultivation for improved yields and increased food production.

Up to 900 accredited beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, 400 from Ebonyi State and 500 from Osun State received a NALDA branded bag containing high grade fertilizer, herbicides and improved rice and maize seeds for Ebonyi and rice and beans seeds for Osun states that can effectively cover half an hectare of farm land.

The inputs were distributed with each states area of agricultural specialisation in view.

In Ebonyi, beneficiaries from the benefiting local governments of the state consisting of mostly women and youths, gathered at Ishiagu Community in Ivo Local Government area of the state to receive the empowerment packages from NALDA officials.

400 farmers consisting of 200 maize and 200 rice farmers were drawn from 10 communities in Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency for the exercise.

While the 500 farmers in Osun state were drawn from all the local government of the state, who were empowered with Maize and beans seeds in Oshogbo the state the state capital.

Just like Ebonyi state, farmers were captured on their farms and the size of their farms taken for proper documentation on the website created and for accurate distribution of the inputs for maximum result.

Speaking to the farmers, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne who was represented by the head Soil Science Department, Lucius Ndimele said NALDA, with the directives of President Bola Tinubu would ensure that Nigerians produce enough food for Nigerians.

He said NALDA would continue to distribute these inputs till it gets to farmers in every states of the country.