The Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, stressed the importance of the integrated farm model in the country’s quest to achieve food sufficiency and for exports.
Engineer Adamu said this during the commissioning of four integrated farm projects of the Beninese Owena River Basin Development Authority (BORBDA) located in Obayantor in Benin, Auchi Etsako West LGA, Uneme Nekhua and Okpe to Akoko Edo.
The Munster; who also commissioned BORBDA’s new Edo regional office located in Auchi, said that due to the vagaries of the weather and other factors inhibiting traditional farming methods, Songhai’s integrated farm model remains the way forward. so the nation is to feed itself secure.
According to the minister, “the objective of integration (Songhai model) is on an innovative agricultural production system which is able to holistically integrate the primary and secondary farm products wisely, so that it there is absolutely no waste on the farm.
“The system is competitive, sustainable, preserving and integrating human capacity building through basic training in business management and entrepreneurship necessary to prepare graduates and unemployed youth to start an agricultural business.”
The Minister expressed satisfaction with BORBDA’s commitment to carry out its previous mission in the 12 river basins of the country to ensure the creation of at least one interested farm in each of the 109 senatorial districts of Nigeria. He said he was happy that BORBDA is playing a leading role in this regard with the creation of four of these farms in two of the three areas of Senatoria in Edo.
The Minister congratulated the Director General of BORBDA Engr Saliu Osifuemhe Ahmed, including the management and staff of the agency for their progress in development in agricultural and water projects as well as in infrastructure. He appreciated the cooperation of the different host communities in BORBDA projects and begged them to develop an attitude which would make them perceive as their own.
The Director General, BORBDA Engr Saliu Ahmed had previously in his welcome speech congratulated the Minister whose vision and foresight motivated by the desire to reposition the river basin authorities who saw his burden on their respective management to establish at least one farm integrated (Songhai model) in each of the Senatoria districts across Nigeria.
BORBDA, he said, took up the challenge in October 2017 and went to the Obayantor farm site and demarcated a 60 hectare plot for the integrated farm with all the necessary axilary elements that make it an integrated farm is worth incorporating, including the construction of concrete ponds, an earth pond, a pigsty with 30 pens and a training hostel with a capacity of thirty beds, a training room, etc. .
The farm in Obayantor, said the managing director, at one point became a showcase for various stakeholders of the potentials and possibilities of this farm model.
This development, he said, paved the way for the establishment of the Okpe and Uneme N’khua farm models with the active support of the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Peter Akpatason.
He said the integrated farms created to reorganize the agricultural sector and provide jobs for our youth and women, as well as to leverage it to lift people out of poverty and ensure national food security have achieved their goal as a source of government revenue since the post for the past three years, but served as a training ground for N-power interns.
He appreciated the support of the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the traditional leaders of the host communities, as he ensured the capacity of the farms to raise the economy of the different communities and provide training on best agricultural practices for local farmers.