The executive secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne, has revealed that the agency is set to engage about 2,000 fish farmers and commence the training of 1,040 soil agro scientists in Borno State.
Ikonne told journalists in Abuja after a meeting with the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umar Zulum, that the discussion between NALDA and the Borno State Government is to improve aquaculture and the fish farming programme, which will be engaging more than 2,000 farmers.
Mr. Paul Ikonne said: “The Borno State government has submitted the complete list of farmhands and has provided the locations. As we speak, contractors are already at the site and in the 10 locations for the project.” He further stated: “the governor of Borno State has fully keyed into Mr. President’s idea of achieving food security, irrespective of the challenges the state is encountering. The governor is making it easier for NALDA to function and for farmers to be at home while farming.”
NALDA (an agency which is directly under the presidency) last month announced the president’s approval to engage 30,000 agro extension service providers nationwide.
Mr. Ikonne stated that the agency was focusing on improving everything in the entire aquaculture and agric chain in the state because they have good infrastructures in place, machineries and equipment, as well as agro processing mills. Daily Times