The National Agricultural Land Development Authority harvests tons of wheat in Gombe
Amid the wheat supply shortfall occasioned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) said it had started harvesting 1,000 metric tons of grain in Ukraine. State of Gombe.
The farm, which spans 100 hectares of land, is part of 2,500 hectares of land planted with wheat, in nine northern states at the start of the dry season in December 2021.
NALDA Executive Secretary Paul Ikonne, addressing the farmers, noted that the harvest was proof that Nigeria could be self-sufficient in wheat production.
Represented by the agency’s director of engineering, Olusegun Owolabi, Ikonne observed that the feat was worth celebrating as the company spends huge foreign currency every year on importing wheat, hence NALDA’s attempt to change the narrative.
He added, “The authority observed that wheat, an agricultural product, is the third item in the national import list and decided to rewrite history on this. This led NALDA to collaborate with some states, including Gombe, to produce the grain,” Ikonne said.
While appreciating the support of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigerians produce what they eat, Ikonne also praised the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Magaji Gettado; The Nafada local council president, traditional leaders and beneficiaries for doing their best to ensure a bumper harvest.
It should be recalled that the beneficiaries received two new tractors, agrochemicals, fertilizers, irrigation pumps, improved hand tools, land clearing and technical advice by NALDA.
Gettado, in his remarks, said the farm will go a long way in improving the livelihoods of farmers in the state.
He said that before the establishment of the farm, young people in the community, at this time of the year, often migrated to neighboring Taraba state and others to earn a living. But now they stay in Gombe to work on the wheat farm during the dry season.