Landowners in Nadogo were urged
to utilize their land for farming practices rather than leaving it idle and
Minister Reddy made this
statement while handing over farm machinery to Kilikoso farmers.
The people of Nadogo had a lot
of land and most of it is not utilised. The expiry of leases has also seen a
lot of ideal agricultural land for rice and other crops lying idle.
Minister Reddy stated that idle
land doesn’t benefit any party and is a cost to the nation.
“If it was utilized, the
farmers, labourers, households, business sector, landowners and country would
be able to get a return,” he said.
We cannot outsource security of
our critical food commodities to outside countries and suppliers. We also need
to save an average of $42m annually which is now spent on rice import bill.
Nadogo is known to have
available resources that are conducive for large scale farming and production
figures could increase if farmers fully utilized their resources and
implemented sound farming practices.
I have spoken to Landowners and they
are keen to give their land but find ITLTB very slow in processing the leases.