In its 30 years of existence the FDALR has satisfactorily discharged its mandate in areas of:
- Land Resources inventory and assessment of the nation’s agricultural land (Soil Survey and Land Evaluation): the Soil Map of Nigeria was conducted at Reconnaissance level in 1980.
- Providing information and conduct pilot demonstration of reclamation/amelioration of degraded agricultural lands.
- Conducting an inventory of all erosion sites/locations and implementation of projects to mitigate/revert the menace.
- Promoting Conservation Agriculture Technology among farmers through linkages with State’s Agricultural Development Projects (ADP’s), farmers groups, research institutes and other stakeholders.
- Conducting soil fertility surveys on fertilizer use and recommendations based on field trails and crop-soil capabilities; and soil extension services to ADPs/RBDAS.
- Manpower Development through the establishment of Federal Colleges of Land Resources Technologies in Owerri (Imo State, and Kuru-Jos, Plateau State) (for award of National and Higher National Diplomas in Land Resources Technology and Management) over 2,000 graduates have been trained.
- Establishment of functional Geographic Information System(GIS) laboratory in Abuja.
- Establishment of three modern and well equipped National Soil, Water and Fertilizer Laboratories in Umudike (Abia), Ibadan (Oyo) and Kaduna (Kaduna) capable of analyzing 50,000 soil, water and fertilizer samples per annum.
- The FDALR has commissioned/conducted over three hundred soils and land use inventory studies since its inception and is the process of collecting collating digitizing the reports and maps to all stakeholders in the proposed National Soil Information System. The NSIS will provide real time vital soil information to stakeholders at all levels-decision-makers (policy) at highest levels of management, technical and at farmer’s levels on the status and capabilities of the nations soil resources.
The mandate of the Department is as follows:
- inventory and assessment of agricultural land resources so as to put them into optimal use and monitor changes in their potential for agriculture;
- Identification and rehabilitation of degraded agricultural lands affected by drought, desertification encroachment, soil erosion, flood and climate change; and prevent the spread of these natural phenomena to other areas through effective protective measures; and
- Training of intermediate manpower needs for the national land resources sub-sector
- Building of national adaptive capacity and resilience in agriculture to support the agricultural sector.