In a bid to reduce poverty and boost food production, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has commissioned 120 housing units and an empowerment centre for farmers in Borno State.
The facility located in Dustman ward, Zawiya, Borno state, and the farm centre currently boast of a clinic, a school for children of farmers, a worship centre, Solar powered boreholes and access roads.
Farmers and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state are to benefit from the facility which is segmentalised with fish ponds, Poultry houses, goats pens in its production area, raffia and an already finished empowerment centre where women and youths would undergo training.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, while launching the edifice alongside, the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, explained that the initiative was to encourage young Nigerians to venture into agriculture.
“Today, we commissioned 120 housing units built for farmers in Borno. The aim is to give farmers a good accommodation.
“The other centre is the agriculture empowerment centre where youth and women would be trained within 3 to 4 months.
“Thereafter, they will be given a startup pack to enable them to do agric business on their own. All these are geared towards reducing unemployment and achieving food security. The empowerment centres are a new project of NALDA,” he said.
The Governor, Prof. Zulum commended Mr. Ikonne for choosing Borno to execute such Projects, noting that it will Contribute to the economic development of the state.