The Niger State Agricultural and Mechanization Development Authority (NAMDA) hitherto called Niger State Agricultural Development Project (ADP) originated from the enclave Bida Agricultural Development Project (BADP) which was implemented between 1980 and June 30, 1987. The remarkable achievements of BADP is the provision of intensive extension services, rural roads, irrigation schemes, input distribution, staff training and other rural infrastructure resulting in tremendous increase in agricultural activities in the enclave project area motivated the State Government to request for its expansion to cover the whole state. The Statewide project established under the Niger State Government Edict No 10 of 1988 which came into force on January 1, 1988 and was designed to be financed by World Bank loan under Multi-State Agricultural Development Project II (MSADP II) for four (4) years 1989-1995 with further extension of two years.
NAMDA is an extension arm of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development charged with implementing all government agricultural policies and programmes with focus on agricultural technology generation and transfer, Fadama Development, Rural Enterprises Development, agricultural input distribution and Agricultural Infrastructure development.
The authority is state-wide with Headquarters in Minna and has three zonal offices which coincide with the senatorial areas of the state are
- Zone I with headquarters in Bida
- Zone II with headquarters in Kuta and
- Zone III with headquarters in Kontagora.
To make NAMDA brand a delight of Niger State farmers through increasing farm productivity and output as well as farm income and standard of living resulting from the aggressive extension services delivery in the context of restoration of hope for people of Niger state
To promote Agricultural productivity through an effective and efficient extension services delivery.
The broad objective of the Authority is to improve farmers productivity thereby increasing their farm output, incomes and standard of living. Its specific objectives include among others;
- To strengthen agricultural services.
- To improve the access and maintenance of supporting rural infrastructures.
- To strengthen supporting commercial services thereby ensuring supply of agricultural inputs.
- To strengthen the capacity for policy formulations, Planning and expenditure programming in the state Ministry of Agriculture.