In a tweet by the presidential Twitter handle on the 10th day of November 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that,
Today I flagged off the National Young Farmers’ Scheme, designed by the newly-revived National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), as part of our efforts to expand and modernize agriculture in Nigeria, and also increase opportunities for youth participation.
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 modern, mechanized farming. I am confident that, under my watch, Nigeria will achieve food security; we will produce most of what we eat.
The scheme is a pilot program that comprises 100 Nigerian youth from all 774 local government areas of the country. The goal of this scheme is to empower 1000 young farmers in each local government in the country for one year, and this scheme covers all aspects of agriculture.
The National Young Farmers Scheme was designed by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, or NALDA, to spark a lasting interest in farming among the Nigerian youth. This is necessary, because, as the President said during the announcement of the program, agriculture is the backbone of the Nigerian economy.
President Muhammadu Buhari is directly supervising NALDA to ensure that the scheme takes off well and carries out the purpose for which it was created. NALDA was instituted in 1992, but by the year 2000, it was more or less defunct. It was revived to spearhead this scheme, fulfilling its mandate of making agriculture a viable source of wealth for the nation, as well as using agriculture to develop rural areas in Nigeria.
The National Young Farmers Scheme is meant to show youths that agriculture is viable as a wealth-creating business, and it is part of the government’s plan to diversify the nation’s economy. The successful implementation of this scheme will lead to self-sufficient food production, profitably engaged youth, an increase in agricultural exports and a decrease in food importation, and vast growth in the Nigerian agricultural industry.
For more information, check out the NALDA website.