ACAI identifies correct post-emergence herbicides for cassava farmers

September 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Scientists working with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are said to have identified some postemergence herbicides that farmers can use during the growing period of cassava to tackle weeds. A statement on IITA Cassava matter said the postemergence herbicides, though not exclusive to cassava, have been adapted in the framework of Read More

Increase funding to research, PAN tells FG

September 20, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has call on the federal government to increase the funding of Agricultural Research Institutes and appoint monitoring and evaluation committees to ensure that targets are set up with deliverables for the institutes. PAN National President, Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, who made the call recently during a press briefing in Abuja said monitoring and evaluation should Read More

Prevention of food crisis cannot wait – FAO

September 20, 2020 John Oba 0

The Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, Mr QU Dongyu, has warned that the prevention of food crises cannot wait until the health crisis is over, nor can the world afford to return to the unacceptable levels of hunger and food insecurity witnessed before the pandemic. Saying FAO is placing its convening power, real-time data, early Read More

PAN urges FG to peg interest rates on agric borrowing at 3%

September 15, 2020 John Oba 0

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has call on the federal government to enshrine cohesive policy to encourage private sector investments in agriculture by pegging interest rates on borrowing to the sector to a maximum of 3%. Addressing the press in Abuja on Monday, the national president, Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim said Government reducing the interest rate to zero percent will Read More

Despite party differences, I saw your competence, Buhari tells Adesina

September 12, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday received in audience at State House, Abuja, the newly re-elected President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, telling him: “I congratulate you on your second and final term in office. Congratulations on winning the election. Nothing succeeds like success.” Dr Adesina had overcome stiff opposition last month to win an unprecedented 100% votes from Read More

FishNet Alliance urges govt to delineate marine protected areas

August 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

 The FishNet Alliance has called for support for fishers in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom state and in other coastal communities across Nigeria whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by Covid-19 and other human induced environmental stressors.It said the government should delineate marine protected areas in suitable locations and support fishers to lead efforts to protect such areas. This call was made Read More

FAO Nigeria gets new country representative

August 30, 2020 John Oba 0

  The Food and Agriculture Organisations (FAO) Nigeria has gotten a new Country Representative by name Mr. Fred Kafeero.A statement by the National Communication Officer, Mr David Tsokar, on Sunday in Abuja, said the new FAO Representative in Nigeria who also doubles as Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has presented his letters of credence to Read More

Updated: Adesina re-elected AFDB President

August 27, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Akinwumi Adesina has been re-elected as President of the Africa Development Bank by its Board of Governors. The AFDB is currently holding its 55th Annual Meetings in Côte d’Ivoire virtually, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Adesina’s re-election was mired in controversy after he was charged with alleged ethical violations. However, after repeated investigations, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister was cleared of Read More

Breaking: At last, Nigeria’s Adesina gets another 5-year term as AfDB President

August 27, 2020 Editor 0

After much allegations and investigations, Nigeria’s economic czar, Akinwumi Adesina, has been re-elected as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) President for a second five-year term. Adesina was the sole candidate for the position before the election was held on Thursday. Adesina who was Minister of Agriculture during the last administration faced several accusations and was cleared by Read More

Poultry farmers lament ban on maize importation

August 26, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Poultry farmers in Kwara state under the aegis of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Tuesday asked the federal government to lift its ban on importation of maize to save the poultry industry from collapse and loss of jobs. Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, the state chairman of the association, Pastor Adeniyi Solomon Olufemi, lamented that despite the fact Read More

NALDA: Buhari’s best decision on Nigeria agriculture, food security

August 23, 2020 Editorial IV 0

After Dr. Adesina Akinwumi, the former Minister of Agriculture and current President of Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Nigeria’s Agriculture sector has never had far reaching policies or programmes like the reviving of the National Agriculture Land Development Authority (NALDA) with a tested technocrat to lead it, JOHN OBA reports. Handlers Nigeria agriculture has had various handlers for several years now, Read More

Climate change: Stakeholders task Africa’s leaders on agroecology

August 16, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Oilwatch Africa stakeholders have called on African Governments to invest on agroecology as fossil fuel is choking the continent. The stakeholders in a virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM), said African governments should establish climate-resilient and just recovery models, to defend communities, stop destructive extraction and support agroecology, through their leading visionary organisations in civil society.The communique signed by 23 Organisations Read More

Address constraints to youth engagement in agriculture – FAO

August 16, 2020 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that re-engaging youth in agriculture requires addressing the numerous constraints that they face as they try to earn a livelihood.The UN agency in a statement said the problem of insufficient access to skills development and education; limited access to resources such as land; and low levels of involvement in decision-making processes should Read More

Nwajiuba emerges grand patron as farmers group targets members in 774 LGAs

August 15, 2020 Editor 0

A farmers group known as FAGWOD Triple F, has said that it would ensure that their membership is spread across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. Director General/Visioneer of the group, Bishop Eberechris Agbakaizu, who stated this recently, at the organisation’s second National Conference in Abuja, expressed the believe that the target is achievable ‘‘before the end of 2020.’’ Giving rationale for the Read More

Covid-19: Kaduna spends N200m as 88,000 students write WAEC

August 14, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state government said it had spent over N200 million to prepare for the 2020 West African Examination Council (WAEC), as 88,775 SSS3 students in the state prepare to write their final year exam, during the Covid-19 pandemic, starting from Monday. The state has also approved Sunday, August 16 and Monday, August 17, 2020, as the resumption dates for the Read More

NYSC, NCRI partner on modern farming training for corps members

August 12, 2020 John Oba 0

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is to strengthen the existing partnership with the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) Badeggi Niger state with a view to training more corps members in modern farming towards boosting agricultural production. A statement by the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi said Service is keying into the federal government agenda on diversification Read More

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NAQS charges cowpea association on weak link in beans value chain

August 12, 2020 John Oba 0

The Director-General, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr. Vincent Isegbe, has called on stakeholders in the Cowpea Value chain to work together to address the weak link in the chains in order to establish continuity of market access for Nigerian beans. A statement by the Head Media, Communications and Strategies, Dr. Gozie Nwodo, said Dr. Isegbe during a strategic engagement Read More

Science communication and demystifying the myth around agric biotechnology

August 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As controversy continues over the economic and health benefits of genetically modified food, the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) took time to improve journalists’ capacity on agricultural biotechnology communication, JOHN OBA reports. Dr Gidado Communication is said to have ensued, when listeners are able to decode the message that is passed across. For some years now the Genetically Modified Read More

NERI to establish agricultural knowledge information system in Yobe

July 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Northeast Regional Initiative (NERI) in collaboration with Yobe state government is to establish Agricultural Knowledge Information System for easy access of first-hand information on agriculture in the state. NERI Programme Officer, Bukar Kurama, revealed this at a one-day training for 100 farmers in Geidam and Yunusari local government councils on farmers’ cooperatives. According him “the aim of this training is Read More

Affordability of healthy diet poses greatest challenge to Africa – FAO

July 21, 2020 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa Abebe Haile-Gabriel, has warned that  affordability of healthy diet poses the greatest challenge in Africa, where a healthy diet is beyond the means of nearly a billion people compare to other regions. Gabriel stated this in an opinion write up titled: “A healthy diet must not Read More

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FG palliative do not cover agric sector, smallholder farmers – Oxfam

July 21, 2020 John Oba 0

Oxfam Nigeria has commended Nigeria government over its efforts to cushion the economic impacts of COVID 19 on the nation, but however raised concerns that these palliative and recovery windows may well work for the manufacturing and other sectors, but we are concerned that they do not adequately cover the needs of agricultural sector stakeholders let alone meet the nations Read More

NALDA to partner NYSC on new farming techniques

July 20, 2020 John Oba 0

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) is to partner with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to train Corps members on new farming techniques with value – chain benefits. This is part of the agency’s mandate towards the implementation of the federal government’s agenda to ensure food sufficiency and diversify  the nation’s economy. The Executive Secretary of  NALDA, Prince Read More