The Federal Government has reopened the 35-hectare Achara-Ubo Emekuku Integrated Farm Estate in Imo State, which would employ roughly 1,000 farmers.
The agricultural estate, which had been abandoned for almost 30 years, suddenly has six chicken houses with 18 pens with about 15,000 birds, three goat houses with 196 goats, and three pig houses with 108 pigs, according to the report.
Paul Ikonne, the Executive Secretary of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, said in an Abuja statement on Sunday that the farm now has three solar-powered boreholes, roads, drainage, and solar-powered street lights.
He said the project was in keeping with President Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.) objective of creating jobs for youths and women while also ensuring security.
“This farm will be a centre that will train farmers within and outside Imo State and the 200 beneficiaries have been trained.
“They are the first set of people to benefit from this project and as they pass out in the next six months, they will start their own farming activities and another set of people will come.”
He added, “This farm was abandoned for 30 solid years and NALDA took over and developed it. The direct engagement is about 600 farmers into the poultry, piggery and goat sections and an additional 200 farmers into the processing, packaging and export.”
Ikonne stated that in the first year of the entire project, about 1,000 farmers would be engaged in the area of animal husbandry, processing and packaging.
He further stated that NALDA was partnering the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to give financial support to beneficiaries of the project, adding that the fund would enable them to set up their various farms.