Borno Plastic Company to supply 2 million sacks to NALDA

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MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – The recent revived Borno Plastic Company has been tipped to deliver to the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, (NALDA), two million pieces of plastic sacks, mostly 50kg capacity.
NALDA’s Executive Secretary, Prince Paul Ikonne, announced the partnership during a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum, in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
“We have seen what you (Zulum) are doing, we have seen your factories and I want to inform you that in one of your factories, the sack manufacturing factory, NALDA is placing an order for 2 million sacks for packaging purposes in nationwide food programme in which Borno has been selected as one of the pilot states.”
He assured that NALDA will continue to patronize products from the company to promote local content.
The NALDA boss also informed the governor that his visit was on President Buhari’s directive with mandate to reactivate all NALDA’s farm estates abandoned in different parts of Nigeria.
Ikonne announced that Borno and one other state have been chosen for the pilot programme where 2,040 young people would be engaged in fish farming.
While expressing shock over the volume of agro equipment in the State’s possession, Ikonne noted that the 2,040 young farmers will be trained and properly equipped on fish processing and packaging under the National Young Farmers Scheme flagged off by the President, in November 2020.
Responding, Zulum attributed the foresight to his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima, for his bold vision and heavy investment in acquisition of capital intensive agricultural machinery which has transformed the state into one of the most agriculturally equipped state in Nigeria.
According to Zulum, “On those agricultural equipment you mentioned, 8 frankly the credit goes to my predecessor, His Excellency, Kashim Shettima for his vision and making such a huge investment in shopping variety of agro equipment from all parts of the world.
“The governor at that time, set up an agric transformation committee, to which I was a member and we travelled together to China, Turkey, India, Pakistan, United States identifying equipment, negotiating them directly and buying them.
“Today, Borno has incredible volume of far reaching agricultural equipment which include different factories for production of agricultural equipment, for food processing and net houses among others.”
He recalled that several of the equipment could not be used because of the insurgency that restricted access to farmlands particularly in the rural areas.
He however assured the NALDA boss of his administration’s determination to put all equipment to maximum use in safe farmlands.
The governor thanked the NALDA boss for his visit and interest in supporting ongoing agricultural restoration efforts in Borno state.
He called on NALDA to accord special priority to Internally Displaced Persons in its selection of young farmers to be trained and equipped on food processing, promising that Borno government will work hand in hand with NALDA towards successful execution of all interventions for the benefit of citizens.

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