The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has commenced dry season wheat farming in the country in Jigawa State to close the deficit in local demand.
The 100 hectares wheat farm would be cultivated on land donated by the state government in Marke town in Kaugama Local Government Area, and it is expected to engage 300 youth.
While the state government provides the land, NALDA is expected to provide input support, training for the farmers, supervise and support them all through the farming period and then off-take from the farm thereby ensuring availability of market for the harvest.
At the flag-off ceremony held on the farm in Kaugama, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne while addressing the farmers said the choice of Jigawa state for the Official flag off of the dry season wheat farming is largely due to the soil texture of the state which is suitable for wheat production and the governor’s track records in agriculture.
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