Wednesday, April 24, 2024

NALDA Assures Nigerians Won’t Experience Food Scarcity in 2023

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, has declared that there is no food shortage in the country, assuring that Nigerians would not go hungry, contrary to what some people and organizations have predicted, namely that full blown hunger will hit Nigeria in 2023.

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority, NALDA, has declared that there is no food shortage in the country, assuring that Nigerians would not go hungry, contrary to what some people and organizations have predicted, namely that full blown hunger will hit Nigeria in 2023.

This declaration was made in Abuja by the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive, NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, during a media briefing on the unveiling of landmark achievements of NALDA within its first two years of operation.

The NALDA boss described any prediction of a food shortage in Nigeria by 2023 as doom, pointing out that awareness is being created towards going into farming, and that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is encouraging farmers in all aspects.

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“Now, the youth are tilting towards farming. A lot of people are going into farming. So why would we have a food shortage? Is it a result of laziness or climate change?, now if it is climate change is beyond human capacity but by the virtue of provision, support and encouragement that can come from government to encourage people to go into farming.

“So I don’t see Nigeria going hungry in 2023.” You will agree with me that the president was already prepared, not knowing that there would be something called COVID-19, and Nigeria did not go cap in hand; first of all, our borders were short, and yet people did not suffer hunger. “We don’t pray that there will be another global pandemic that will strike, but outside of that, 2023 will be a more fruitful year for Nigeria.”

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According to Ikonne, enough food has been harvested and is still being harvested across the country through NALDA integrated farms.He added that agriculture is a process and that the agency has started the process of igniting a kind of zeal within the communities that have embraced NALDA.

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