By Bukola Adewumi
Prince Paul Ikonne, Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Lands Development Authority, (NALDA), says plans are being made to establish market for vegetables to prevent post-harvest losses.
Ikonne, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, said the market was necessary following the perishable nature of vegetables.
He said that the market would be furnished with state of the art facility for farmers to store their vegetables
“Having provided us with the enabling environment, NALDA will provide farmers with ‘NALDA’s Market’ for vegetable and with a land. That project will be completed before the end of February 2022.
“NALDA will also site the first Integrated Farm Estate in Gombe State. We enjoin you to also make yourself available as we lay the foundation by the end of this month.
“We want to thank Gov. Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe for the commitment towards achieving President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of ensuring food security, engaging youths and reducing unemployment”, he said.
The executive secretary appreciated relevant stakeholders for their partnership and called on other states to collaborate with the Federal Government for the benefit of the people and the entire country.
“Your excellency, I urge you to continue to create the enabling environment for federal projects and support for NALDA cannot go unnoticed.
”We position ourselves to support the President’s vision of lifting millions of people out of poverty and engage them in the entire agriculture production value chain.
“And NALDA will engage more youths among farmers if you provide more land as an agric-friendly governor,” he said.
Yahaya commended NALDA for the project and promised to support all the agency’s ongoing projects as they would benefit Gombe people and boost agriculture.(NAN)