Modern Agriculture Will Ensure Food Security, NDDC Says | The Guardian Nigeria News
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) said the focus on modern agriculture was aimed at ensuring food security not only for residents of the region but also for all Nigerians.
NDDC Acting Administrator Dr Efiong Akwa said this during an honorary awards ceremony hosted by the Association of Catfish Fishermen and Allies of Nigeria (CAFFAN) in Port Harcourt.
Akwa, who was represented by NDDC Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr. Felix Amorue, said: “Agriculture remains a key sector with enormous potential for job creation for our overcrowded unemployed youth. .
He said NDDC consciously implemented its agriculture master plan through the Agriculture and Fisheries Directorate, which over the years has implemented programs to increase agricultural productivity. In the region.
He added that as part of the Commission’s training and capacity building program, more than 15,000 young people, women and farmers had been trained in various agricultural enterprises, and that the Commission had concluded plans to train and empower 2 000 additional young people and women in the region.
Akwa said that NDDC, in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture, has provided credit / grants to 120 cooperative groups of youth and women to carry out various agricultural enterprises in the Niger Delta region.
He said the Commission had equipped more than 2,500 fishermen with fishing gear, boats, outboard motors, hooks, nets, fish boxes, floats and other fishing accessories for increase the exploitation of deep-sea fishing in the riparian communities of the region.
The acting administrator said the Commission had established two rice mills to boost the federal government’s initiative to produce local and self-sufficient rice. “The rice mills are the 120 tonnes of rice per day from Elele-Alimini in Rivers State. This mill is currently managed by Elephant Group for the Commission and the 10 ton per day rice mill at Mbiabe Ikpe in Akwa Ibom State.
He added that the NDDC, in collaboration with the federal government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), was leading a corporate livelihood improvement program in the Niger Delta region to release more than 45,000 youth and women out of poverty through various creative agricultural enterprises.
According to him, the NDDC has offered to work with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to modernize and reactivate some fishing terminals in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Ondo and Delta states, in order to improve the quality of fish processing. In the region.
NDDC Corporate Affairs Director Dr Ibitoye Abosede said under current interim administration and management, NDDC is focused and determined to promote modern agricultural practices in the country.
Previously, the chairman of the Rivers State Chapter of the Association of Catfish Fishermen and Allies of Nigeria, Clapton Ogolo, said that the association had chosen to focus on the theme: “Aquaculture is a real opportunity. business, empowerment and economic development ”.
He said the association would continue to contribute to maintaining and sustaining food security in Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole, noting: “A fragile society is one that cannot provide food for its people. citizens. Its citizens will be subject to all kinds of negativity.
“Agriculture is essential for the development and livelihood of every society. This underscores the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2, which explicitly focuses on food seeking to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.