NALDA harvests 30,000 liters of rabbit urine, 1000kg droppings for fertiliser production
The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) says it has harvested over 30,000 litres of rabbit urine and 1,000kg of rabbit droppings for fertiliser production in the country.
The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, said this on Sunday, in Abuja, while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the authority in the past one year.
He said that the rabbit urine and droppings were subjected to laboratory analysis, and rabbit farmers were already realising income from it.
Similarly, Ikonne said the authority had identified and recovered NALDA farm estates from across the country, following directives by President Muhammadu Buhari’s to it to recover all its abandoned farm estates.
He stated that recoveries were made from 21 states including, Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Lagos, Niger, Osun, Oyo, Taraba and Yobe states.
According to him, the reconstruction and reactivation of the abandoned Acharaugo farm estate in Imo state, comprising 20 poultry pens, goat pens, crop farming areas and a feed mill, had begun and was expected to be completed by August, 2021.
In Ebonyi State, the authority was in the process of reactivating the hatchery farm in Nkaliki, while it had initiated a program called NALDA Integrated Farms, to be established in all the 109 Senatorial Districts across the country, he said.
He added that it had reached out to the leadership of the Senate, with a view to mobilising the lawmakers to facilitate land donation by state governments to the program, domiciled under the National Young Farmers’ Scheme (NYFS), with each integrated farm expected to engage at least 1,500 farmers.
“The integrated farm estate will have poultry pens, goat pens, rabbit pens, fish ponds, crop farming areas, processing and packaging plants, in addition to storage, clinics, residential area, school, training centres, as well as an administrative facility”, Ikonne said.