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A BILL FOR AN ACT TO AMEND THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ACT CAP N4 LAWS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA 2004 BY INCREASING ITS MEMBERSHIP AND FUNCTIONS FOR STRATEGIC OPERATION AND INTEREST AND TO VEST IN THE AUTHORITY POWERS TO ESTABLISH FARM SETTLEMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ATTAINING FOOD SUFFICIENCY AND FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH.

Sponsored by Senator B. Akin Odunsi
[ ] Commencement

BE IT ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows: -

Amendment of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority Act CAP N4 LFN 2004

1. The National Agricultural Land Development Authority Act cap N4 LFN 2004 (here after referred to as the principal Act) is hereby amended as set out in this Bill.

Amendment of section 2
2. Section 2 of the Principal Act is Amended by inserting a new paragraph (g) as follows-
(g) “One representative each from the six Geo political zones of the Federation to be appointed in rotation among states of the geo political zones.”

Amendment of section 3
3. Section 3 of the principal Act is amended —
(a) in paragraph (c ) by inserting in line 1 immediately after the word "Farm" the words " settlements schemes “ and deleting the words “holdings”
(b) in paragraph (e) by inserting in line 2 immediately after the last word "areas " the words " through the establishment of Farm Settlements Schemes”.

Amendment of Section 6
4. section 6 of the principal Act is Amended —.
(a) in paragraph (a) by inserting in line 2 immediately after the last word "development " the words " and the establishment of Farm Settlements Schemes”.
(b) by inserting immediately after the existing subparagraph (l) the following new paragraphs —
“(o) Undertake appropriate investigations into the farming activities of the Farm Settlement schemes.”
(p) Undertake inspection of farming implements, vary out periodic inventories, and establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certification of the agricultural raw materials and produce.
(q) Ensure compliance with standard specifications designed and approved by the Board for trading, sales, farming and other agricultural purposes for farm settlements.
(r) Collaborate with relevant Agricultural agencies such as the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, National Seeds Services, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, National Root Crops Research Institute etc; and Agricultural Financial Institutions such as the World Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria, International Fund for Agricultural Development, African Development Bank, Bank of Industry etc; towards improved performance and funding of the Farm Settlements.

Amendment of Section 16 —
5 Section 16 of the principal Act is Amended-
(a) in paragraph (a) by substituting figure “10” with the figure “20”;
(b) by inserting a new paragraph (aa) monies appropriated by the National Assembly.

Amendment of Section 20
6 Section 20 of the principal Act is Amend by inserting in the interpretations­ clause the words ‘Farm settlements’ means a community replete with social amenities and service for the purposes of Agricultural and Farming activities.

CITATION
7. This Bill may be cited as the National Agricultural Land Development Authority Act (Amendment) Bill 2012.

Explanatory memorandum
This Bill seeks to amend the National Agricultural Land Development Authority Ac Cap N4 Laws of the Federation 2004 to increase its membership and functions for strategic operation and to vest the Authority powers to establish Farm settlements across the Country


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