The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has procured over 100 tractors for distribution to the ministries of agriculture in the nine Niger Delta states to boost food production.
NDDC Managing Director Dr. Christian Oboh told reporters at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that for Nigeria to tackle youth unemployment and be self-sufficient in food production, the country has to go into mechanised farming.
He said “we are paying the price for our action today. With the fear that oil may soon dry up, reality has suddenly dawned on the country on the need to diversify the economy.
Many countries, among them Israel, have since seen the potentials in agriculture. Israel earns $714 million yearly from food export, while Nigeria spends billion of naira on imports.”
The Commission is returning to the land in developing the nine states comprising the agency. It is also empowering indigenes of the states to till the land under its agriculture enhancement programme.