Lake Chad depletion increases poverty level of 40m people – Minister

November 27, 2022 John Oba 0

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has raised concern over the depleting state of the Lake Chad, saying the fragility has been worsened by the combined effect of the impact of Climate Change and unsustainable anthropogenic activities. Adamu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, at the Technical Committee of experts Read More

Experts calls for holistic efforts to combat, eradicate, rabies

November 27, 2022 John Oba 0

As the federal government prepares to unveil  the National Strategic Plan for elimination of dog-mediated human rabies, the Director Federal Veterinary and Pest Control Services/Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Dr. Maimuna A. Habib, has called for holistic efforts to combat and eradicate the menace of rabies in Nigeria.  Calling attention to the danger of rabies and the need for state Read More

WaterAid laments high level of open defecation

November 27, 2022 John Oba 0

As part of efforts to deepen knowledge on emerging issues in the sanitation and water sector, WaterAid Nigeria recently trained journalists and members of the Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN).   While declaring the training open in Abuja, the WaterAid Nigeria Country Director, Evelyn Mere, said current data on levels of access to sanitation services and the practice of open Read More

NASC stakeholders validate revised PVP regulation

November 27, 2022 John Oba 0

Experts in the seeds industry have commenced the review and validation of the revised regulation for Plant Variety Protection (PVP) in Nigeria. The PVP Acts (2021) was signed into law in 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of efforts to strengthen commercialisation of seed breeding in Nigeria. Declaring the meeting open Wednesday in Abuja, the National Agricultural Seeds Council Read More

FG launches NAITS to track livestock

November 20, 2022 John Oba 0

AS part of efforts to address the challenges bedeviling the livestock sector, the Federal Government has launched the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) to identify, track and curb livestock rustling. Launching the Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, at an event in Minister’s Conference room recently, said that the implementation of NAITS would support Read More

HOMEF distributes relief materials to flood victims in 6 states 

November 20, 2022 John Oba 0

As flood victims across the country continue to count their losses, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has supported some of the victims who were sacked from their homes by the flood across Nigeria with relief materials in six impacted states of Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Kogi  and Rivers. The Foundation distributed relief materials in seven communities across the six Read More

NIAS develops animal husbandry quality assurance assessors scheme

November 20, 2022 John Oba 0

The Nigeria Institute of Animal science has developed the first Quality Assurance Assessors Scheme in Animal Husbandry in line with the Nigerian Skills Qualification framework. The Agency also trained 26 Assessors who are livestock experts for the development of middle level man power for increased national productivity in the livestock sub sector and the mainstreaming of the various value chains. Read More

COP27: Stop all negotiations on marine geoengineering – FishNet Alliance

November 13, 2022 Editorial IV 0

As discussions continue at the ongoing COP27 at Sharm El-Shiek, Egypt, FishNet Alliance has called on leaders at the conference to stop all forms of negotiations on marine geoengineering, saying Marine geoengineering presents a huge risk – some of which may be unprecedented, depending on type of technique deployed. The Alliance in a statement by its Media/Communication Lead, Kome Odhomor, said Read More

Stakeholders review existing NAFP documents

November 13, 2022 Editorial IV 0

In a bid to produce a new National Animal Feed Policy Document, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with other stakeholders has embarked on the review of the existing policy in order to achieve the desired roadmap for animal feed hence militating the challenges against the animal feed sector in Nigeria. Speaking during the event that Read More

Food Crisis: Farmers lament CBN’s halting Anchor Borrowers Programme, seek FG’s intervention

November 13, 2022 John Oba 0

Farmers under the auspices of the Agricultural Commodities Association Forum of Nigeria (ACAFN) have expressed dissatisfaction over the stoppage of the anchor borrowers program by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to cushion the effect of the food crisis in the country. Chairman of the Association, Sadiq  Daware while speaking in Abuja on Thursday at a press briefing noted despite daunting Read More

Flood: How to avert future occurrence in Nigeria  

November 6, 2022 Editorial IV 0

This flood disaster which is said to be one of the worse in the history of Nigeria left in its trail hundreds of people dead, 3 million displaced, and 45,249 building submerged with many saying its impact will be felt for a very long time. In this write up, JOHN OBA looks examines the government’s effort at preventing future occurrence. Read More

Ending food insecurity in Africa: How Agriholders is making a difference

November 4, 2022 Victor Okoye 0

A whopping +600 billion (USD) worth of food is lost yearly during and/or post harvest accordingto Mckinsey and Company. As alarming as this number sounds, it will keep trending upward ifnothing is done immediately, factoring recent global misfortunes like the covid19 pandemic, thewar in Ukraine and adverse effects of climate change. Most of this loss occurs upstream of thevalue chain Read More

Dry season farming’ll be intensified to tackle food insecurity – FG

November 3, 2022 Joshua Egbodo 0

Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad Abubakar, has stated that Nigeria will go into intensive dry-season farming beginning from December, to ensure food security in the country.  The minister said this on Thursday  when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Colleges, Research Institutes and Universities to defend the 2023 budget of the ministry. According to him, the Ministry Read More

Adopt good agric practices for maximum yield, agric expert tells farmers

October 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The acting Programme Manager, Plateau Agricultural Development Programme PADP, Mr Simon Ago, has called on farmers to adopt and adhere to good agricultural practices for high crop yield. Ago told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that PADP worked in collaboration with seeds companies and NGOs to teach and train farmers on good agricultural practices. He added that Read More

USAID, FAO strengthen global animal health security, agrifood systems with  $250m

October 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are scaling up efforts to strengthen global animal health security with the aim of protecting human lives and livelihoods while improving agrifood systems and safeguarding the environment.  The US agency reaffirmed its strong commitment to a longstanding and impactful partnership with FAO by granting $250 Read More

Climate change, insecurity worsen hunger, malnutrition in Lake Chad Basin

October 30, 2022 John Oba 0

Abujain spite of many years of humanitarian assistance, hunger and malnutrition in the Lake Chad Basin have reached alarming levels this year. Underpinning the crisis is insecurity linked to Boko Haram and the effects of climate change, COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In a report the Institute for Security Studies released on 1 June, 2022, Chadian government officially declared a Read More

ECOWAS, PCU call for policy framework to develop practice of agroecology in Nigeria

October 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Nigeria marks the 2022 World Food Day, experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and stakeholders at the National Policy Dialogue on Agroecology in Nigeria has called for a policy framework for the development and practice of agroecology in Nigeria. The stakeholders during the policy dialogue workshop said the destructive tendencies of the effect of climate Read More

Insecurity, storm destroy our poultry farms, PAN FCT laments

October 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 2022 World Egg Day, the Poultry Farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has lamented the high rate of devastation that insecurity and rain storm has caused it members, saying several farms have closed up because of this. Speaking on behalf of the farmers on Friday during a press Read More

Professor Chude becomes first Nigerian elected IUSS president in 98 years

October 17, 2022 John Oba Abuja 0

A Renowned Nigerian Soil Scientist and Registrar, Nigeria Institute of Soil Science, Professor Victor Okechukwu Chude has been elected as the new President of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) that has its Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. In a congratulatory message, the current President of the Union Dr, Laura Bertha Reyes Sanchez said the IUSS Council elected Nigeria for Read More

Local farming: Agric ministry trained, deployed 82,547 extension workers – Minister

October 15, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, declared Friday in Abuja that not less than 82, 547 extension workers have been trained and deployed by the Ministry from 2019 till date, to aid and promote local farming in Nigeria. The Minister who stated this during an interface with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, said extension in agriculture Read More

FG trains Yobe agric workers on extension tools, methodologies

October 13, 2022 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Department of Agricultural Extension in collaboration with National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) and Sasakawa-Africa Association/Global 2000, during the week  held  3-day training for 3rd batch of extension workers on extension tools, methodologies and selected agricultural value chains in Yobe state. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Read More

Ministry sensitises farmers on provision of NFQC

October 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development through the Department of Farm Inputs Support Services (FISS), has commenced sensitisation of farmers on the provision of the National fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act. The sensitisation workshop on Zonal Promotion of Organic Fertilizer and Use at the local level, using Eco-friendly Agricultural Technologies organized by the Department of Farm Inputs Support Read More