The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) is collaborating with the Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin-Kowa (FCHD) in Gombe State to engage 400 youths in agricultural activities.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Mr Paul Ikonne, who made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said that the partnership was basically aimed at achieving food security for the country.
Ikonne said that the Authority would engage 400 youths, under its National Young Farmers Scheme, in collaboration with FCHD, for dry-season farming.
According to him, the agency has started the reactivation of its 300 hectares of farmland in the state.
Ikonne noted that the FCHD had donated another 100 hectares to the Authority, as part of the joint venture aimed at creating youth employment and boosting food security across the country.
He said that the essence of the venture was to give farmers a sense of belonging, while giving them all the necessary support towards attaining desirable outputs.
Ikonne said the 300 hectares of land, which was NALDA’s abandoned farm estate, would be reactivated, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari for dry-season farming.
“NALDA wants to partner with farmers in Gombe State to achieve the desire of Mr President for Nigeria to farm what it will eat.
“All facilities left to decay in the farm will be revived and put into use to achieve President Buhari’s food security programme and create wealth,” he said.