Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Buhari wants more youths in agriculture

The president expects graduate and non graduate youth to be part of his farming drive.

• November 11, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo Credit – Garba Shehu facebook page)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged government agencies involved in agriculture to include youth in driving modern methods of farming.

The president stated this in Abuja when he inaugurated the National Young Farmers Scheme designed by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to elicit more youth interest in farming.

Mr. Buhari reiterated that agriculture remains the backbone of the Nigerian economy, being the largest contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“We will do more to expand, modernise and revolutionise our agriculture, which is our most important asset,” he said. “I have directed that all NALDA’s abandoned farm estates be retrieved to enable thousands of our young men and women to be engaged in farming.”

The president expressed the hope that the resuscitation of NALDA would make Nigeria food sufficient and, in a few years, begin to earn more revenue from export of agricultural commodities.

“By virtue of my passion and desire for agriculture and also as a farmer myself, I am directly supervising NALDA as an authority under the Presidency.

“I am asking the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and state governments to give full cooperation to NALDA in its activities.

“With the success of Anchor Borrowers programme spearheaded by the Central Bank of Nigeria and new programmes to revive cotton, palm products and cocoa, the next few years will see a vast difference in our agricultural performance,” the president said.

Mr. Buhari said that all the necessary approvals that NALDA required for effective take-off, beginning with areas of adequate land preparation for crop farming and livestock rearing, had been given.

He therefore, charged NALDA chief executive and his team to continue to live up to expectations and increase their activities in local communities.

“I now flag off the National Young Farmers’ Scheme.  It is my expectation that the scheme will take in young Nigerians, graduates and non-graduates alike, and be part of government’s effort to reduce unemployment and contribute to the regeneration of agriculture and our economy.’’

The Executive Secretary/CEO of NALDA, Paul Ikonne, said the discovery of oil in the country hampered the growth of agriculture and increased poverty in rural communities.

He assured the president that the concerted effort to revive interest in farming would tackle poverty and create wealth.

Mr. Ikonne said the resuscitation of NALDA, after close to 20 years of abandonment, would go a long way in reducing unemployment in the country, especially among the youth.

“Our focus is to engage 1,000 farmers from each of the 774 Local Government Areas, thereby creating 774,000, direct employment annually,’’ he added.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA)


NMDPRA unveils six new regulations for oil, gas industry

The regulations included the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Operations Regulations and Assignment or Transfer of Licence and Permit Regulations.

Alex Otti and Labour Party Logo


JUST IN: INEC declares Labour’s Alex Otti winner of Abia governorship election

Mr Otti’s victory ended the PDP’s on Abia since Nigeria returned to civil rule in 1999.

Cornelius Ojelabi


APC hails Lagosians for voting Sanwo-Olu despite ‘intimidation’ by LP, PDP

The APC chair claimed that despite intimidation and subtle inducement from the opposition, the electorate stood its ground with the APC.



Truck driver gets one-year jail term for illegal mining 

Mr Sani also ordered the forfeiture of the truck used to transport the illegally acquired minerals to the federal government.

Governor Ademola Adeleke


Developing sports remains priority in Osun; we’ll soon unfold agenda: Gov. Adeleke

The governor said his administration would do everything possible to restore the state’s lost glory in sports.

Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar


INEC violated margin of lead principle to declare Tinubu president-elect, Atiku tells court

It is unclear whether the public can expect an upturn of Mr Tinubu’s widely criticised win, however, the margin of lead argument poses a threat to his camp.