By Stanley Onyekwere
To ensure the success of its strategic Agricultural Land Development Programme (ALDP) which is aimed at making land available for commercial farming in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat
(FCT-ARDS), Mrs. Olvadi Madayi, has reinstated the determination of the FCT Administration towards providing continuous support.
The Secretary made this remark recently, during an assessment visit to the 15,000 hectares FCT farmland located at Piri, Kwali Area Council of the FCT, which is being managed by the Secretariat in collaboration with a private agro allied company, Prime Soil Nigeria Limited.
She noted that the FCTA was aware the enormous potentials in the agricultural sector, which has a capacity to generate employment for thousands of youth as well as addressing the pertinent issue of hunger and poverty in the Territory.
According to her, “It is for this reason that when we came in, we made it one of our priorities to revitalize the centre.
“We have to this end, put in place a Technical committee to take a holistic look at the activities at the centre, with a view to repositioning it to realizing the set objectives.”
Madayi added that farming activities at the site have received a boost through the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) programme which has enabled farmers to have greater access to essential farm inputs such as fertilizers and hybrid seeds as well as access to use of the new tractors procured by the Secretariat at highly subsidized rates.
Earlier, while conducting the Secretariat officials round the site, the General Manager, Prime soil Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mathew Nwahia, commended the efforts of the FCT Administration for the programme.
He noted that since the inception of the programme, it has attracted several investors from within and outside the country.
He said Prime Soil is working hard to ensure that vast arable land is conducive for farmers in FCT.
The company, he noted has been able to demarcate the land into plots for allocation to interested investors while grading of roads are being carried out to open up the site for agro-allied activities.
He therefore assured potential investors that the Secretariat has competent agronomist from the Agriculture Development Project ADP, as well as the Capital Agriculture Development Company Limited, an affiliate of Prime soil, who are on ground to render professional agronomy services and ensure gainful investment.