… Borno to host agro programmes in March …
The recently revived Borno Plastic Industry has been named official manufacturer of millions of sacks for the packaging of rice being cultivated under a national food programme being undertaken by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA).
NALDA’s Executive Secretary, Prince Paul Ikonne made that announcement on Wednesday when Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum visited the Authority’s headquarters in Abuja.
“Borno state is our official producer of local sacks both for our rice program and other programs. We have placed an order of 2 million sacks, it will not stop at the initial 2 million, it is going to be a continuous process as we made a request. Your Excellency, we are committed to working with you”
The executive secretary’s comment is actualization of an order the NALDA placed, when he led top officials to an inspection tour of production facilities at Borno plastic industry, BOPLAS, in January this year.
Ikonne had announced after his inspection, that with what he saw, NALDA was buying two million pieces of 50kg sacks from BOPLAS.
Prince Ikonne explained that the NALDA’s choice of Borno was as not because of the state’s peculiar challenges but particularly due to Governor Zulum’s commitment to agricultural development.
Borno was chosen for the launch of a a program on “Soil Doctors/agricultural extension workers” that will hold on 1st of March 2021.
He added that Borno will also be a take off point for NALDA’s “grow your food” programme in which Nigerians will be encouraged to grow what they will eat.
Governor Zulum had during his Wednesday’s visit, informed the NALDA boss of his administration’s commitment to food production. He also Said, Government will collaborate with NALDA to key into all federal government agricultural programmes.
Zulum also assured payment of all counterpart funds to NALDA.