Food sufficiency: River basin mulls farm settlement in Edo

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The Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority ( BORBDA) plans to create an integrated farm settlement in Auchi, Edo state.

This is aimed at boosting food production.

The Managing Director of the authority, Saliu Ahmed, disclosed this in Auchi, Edo .

An integrated farm is to be created in Auchi by the river basin authority as part of efforts to achieve food sufficiency for the nation and create employment for the youths.

“The programme is to be based purely on organic farming will cover about 50 hectares of land when fully operational.

“About 20 hectares are already being prepared for the take off that is expected to cover cultivation and production,” he said.

Ahmed said that apart from providing food for the people, the farm would also create a market opportunity for the youths who were ready to take advantage of this training to be self -employed.

The managing director said the farm was designed after the Songhai model, adding that it would go a long way to address the increasing unemployment and poverty rate in the area.

He said that the farm project would be handled by the Songhai farm in Porto Nova, Benin Republic, adding that such model should be embraced by farmers in the country.

Songhai farming is the best model of farming and I urge many Nigerians to embrace the model of agriculture from Auchi experience,” he said.