President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Agricultural Lands Development Authority, NALDA, to procure additional five spraying aircraft to boost food security.
Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha at the agency’s interactive meeting on Thursday, said that the sprayers would be used to monitor the six geopolitical zones.
Buhari noted that the Federal Government had procured various equipment for agricultural mechanisation such as tractors, combined harvesters, pumping machines, surveillance and spraying drones.
The President tasked NALDA to be diligent towards achieving food security, while also creating jobs in the sector, while noting that the agency is entrusted with the responsibilities as additional means of earning foreign revenue besides oil.
On training, the President said that several professionals in different fields of agriculture had been trained and equipped to offer services in the needed areas.
He hinted that many Nigerian youths and women, had been trained and empowered in the fields of mechanised agriculture, poultry farming and fisheries.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Mr Paul Ikonne commended the President for resuscitating the agency, mainly designed to encourage young Nigerians to embrace agriculture.
He said that NALDA currently has offices in almost all the 36 states, including the FCT, and has acquired tractors and other farm implements.
Ikonne noted that the agency has farms across the six geo-political zones, saying that NALDA had empowered more than 50,000 young Nigerians, excluding women.