…As Borno host agro programme in March
ABUJA, Nigeria – The recently revived Borno Plastic Industry, (BOPLAS), has been named official manufacturer of sacks for packaging of rice cultivated under a national food programme undertaken by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, (NALDA).
NALDA’s Executive Secretary, Prince Paul Ikonne, announced on Wednesday when Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum visited the Authority’s headquarters in Abuja.
“Borno state is our official producer of local sacks both for our rice programme and other programmes. 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,” Ikonne said.
Ikonne’s comment is actualization of an order NALDA placed, when he led top officials on 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.
He explained that the NALDA’s choice of Borno was not because of the state’s peculiar challenges but particularly due to Governor Zulum’s commitment to agricultural development.
Borno State was chosen for the launch of a a programme on “Soil Doctors/Agricultural Extension Workers” to hold on 1st of March 2021.
He added that Borno State will also be a take off point for NALDA’s “Grow your food” programme in where Nigerians will be encouraged to grow what they will eat.
Governor Zulum at the visit, informed the NALDA boss of his administration’s commitment to food production; adding that Government will collaborate with the Authority to key into all Federal Government’s agricultural programmes, and assured payment of all counterpart funds to the Authority.