Soybeans, maize scarcity may shut down poultry industry – PAN

November 29, 2020 John Oba 0

  The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has raised the alarm that the industry is on the verge of shutting down by January 2021 if urgent action is not taken to address the constant rising cost of meal. The association said the rate at which Soybeans and maize are being exported out of the country may crash the industry. Highlighting Read More

Recession: Tapping into the livestock economic potential

November 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria has announced it has officially slipped into another recession, but, be that as it may, exploring the livestock sector economic potential can turn things around, JOHN OBA reports. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in its third quarter GDP report, released Saturday, the economy contracted by -2.48 per cent, an indication that the country has recorded two consecutive quarters Read More

Covid-19 protocol for Animals: Nigeria as pacesetter

November 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria becomes the first country in the world to launch Covid-19 protocol for animal protection, John Oba, reports. As the world continues to grapple with the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, despite scientific research that it emanates from animals, no countries in the world, but Nigeria has seen it necessary to get a protocol to guide veterinarians practices.  Veterinary Council of Nigeria Read More

2021 budget: Agric ministry to buy N100m project vehicle, install street light worth N800m

November 8, 2020 Editorial IV 0

As the National Assembly continue to assess the 2021 budget as presented by President Muhamadu Buhari, stakeholders in the agric sector has raise concern over several questionable items in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development budget. Analysis of the ministry’s budget revealed the allocation of N100 million for the purchase of project vehicle with no specifications of project Read More

Over 9m Nigerians in northern states face acute food shortage – Report

November 8, 2020 John Oba 0

  The Cadre Hamonise (CH) report on food security and nutrition analysis was released on 5 November 2020 for 16 states across the country including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It shows that more Nigerians in northern states are pushed to acute food shortage crisis mainly due to floods, climate change effects and the ongoing decade-long armed insurgency.  This is Read More

African agric ministers pledge commitment to achieving food security

November 1, 2020 Blueprint 0

African Ministers of Agriculture at the largest ever FAO Regional Conference have expressed their committed to ‘raise ambitions and accelerate actions’ towards achieving food security, at the close of the three day event. FAO in it’s release on it website said 900 delegates including 95 ministers and other government officials from 48 countries met in the context of rising food Read More

Kano cattle market to gulp N300m

November 1, 2020 Blueprint 0

Kano State government under the Agro Pastoral Development Project, has said it plans to expend N300 million, on upgrade of five cattle markets infrastructure in the state. The benefitting cattle markets are Dambatta, Gwarzo, Falgore, Dunbulum and Wudil all located in five different local governments. Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad,the State Project Coordinator, made the disclosure during the proposal opening for Read More

Groups call for more action to protect food systems

November 1, 2020 Blueprint 0

The GMO-Free Nigeria Alliance and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) in commemoration of the World Food Day 2020 has called for more action on protection of food systems. The coalition in a statement recently said, the country need to free the food systems from corporate take-over and support the small scale farmers who hold the key to food security Read More

NYSC, NALDA to partner on farming, value chains creation

November 1, 2020 John Oba 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has declared its readiness to partner National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) in its effort of achieving food security in Nigeria. The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this in his office in Abuja when the Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne paid him a courtesy visit. General Ibrahim disclosed that the Read More

NGO launches agric empowerment initiative in Abuja, Kaduna

November 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

In line with the federal government’s drive to empower Nigerians in the agricultural sector of the economy, Reap Africa Initiative, a non-governmental Organisation will on Monday launch project Komanoma.Komanoma is an hausa maxim which means back to agro. The project according  to organisers was aimed at empowering 50,000 unemployed and employed youths with professional training on agro production, processing and marketing Read More

Nigeria needs livestock ministry – Prof Yahaya

October 23, 2020 AWAAL GATA 0

Mohammed Kuta  Yahaya is a professor of agricultural extension at the University of Ibadan. In this interview with AWAAL GATA, the extension communication expert and former secretary to the government of Niger state said a ministry for livestock and aquatic development needs to be created in Nigeria, to optimise its agricultural potentials. How would you appraise the agricultural policy of Read More

How 12, 500 farmers benefitted from interes-free loan in Akwa Ibom – AFAN

October 21, 2020 Uko Etim 0

No fewer than 12, 500 farmers in Akwa Ibom benefitted from the dtate government interest-free loan to ensure food security in the state, state Chairman of All Farmers Association in Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Bassey Inwang, has said. Inwang who stated this in Uyo recently, said the loan was given to vegetables, maize and cassava farmers during this year’s planting season. Read More

NACHCARD calls for improved agriculture for post Covid-19 food security

October 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The National Committee of Heads of Colleges of Agriculture and Related Disciplines (NACHCARD), has called on the federal and state governments to ensure the sustainability of the gains made in food production in the country and guarantee food security as Nigeria moves towards post COVID-19 era. NACHCARD made the call during its general conference held in Abuja, Wednesday.To reposition agriculture Read More

2021 budget: Awomolo, Ali, Ozekhome seek improved judiciary funding

October 11, 2020 Ameh Ejekwonyilo 0

Top lawyers in the country have urged the National Assembly to increase the 2021 budget estimate for the judiciary. President Muhammadu Buhari had Thursday last week presented N13.08 trillion 2021 budget before a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representative, where the sum of N110 billion was earmarked for the judiciary. However, some Senior Advocates of Nigeria Read More

Don tasks minister on agric extension policy

October 5, 2020 Samson Benjamin 0

A university don, Professor Mohammed Kuta Yahaya has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono to fast-track the implementation of the national policy on agricultural extension in order to harmonise the critical elements that required to drive sustainable and market-oriented agricultural development in the country. Kuta Yahaya, a lecturer with the Department Read More

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