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We won’t experience food shortage in 2023 – NALDA assures Nigerians

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Prince Paul Ikonne, Executive Secretary of the National Ag­ricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), has said the authority has begun the cultivation of wheat on 500 hectares of land in the five states of Gombe, Jigawa, Ad­amawa, Taraba and Bauchi.

Ikonne, who stated this on Monday in Abuja at a media briefing, said the cultivation has commenced during the dry season.

He revealed that many farmers have been gainfully engaged, as three farmers were engaged per hectare in these states.

He also noted that the au­thority has assisted farmers in these states with land clear­ing, development and capaci­ty building.

While reeling out some of the achievements of NALDA in its two years of existence after the authority was resus­citated by President Muham­madu Buhari administration, Ikonne said the authority has achieved a lot in its quest to achieve food security in the country.

In view of the giant strides made by the present admin­istration in agricultural development, NALDA boss insisted that Nigeria will not experience food shortage in 2023, contrary to the general belief of some people.

He posited that the gov­ernment has provided an enabling environment and support to farmers, adding that awareness has also been created for Nigerians, partic­ularly the youths to embrace agriculture.

He said: “I can assure you, as the Lord liveth, Nigeria will not have food shortage in 2023.

“There will not be any food shortage. Any prediction in that regard is a doom predic­tion.

“This is because awareness is being created. This govern­ment of President Muham­madu Buhari is encouraging farmers in all aspects.

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