IFPRI trains journalists on policy communication

June 19, 2018 JOHN OBA 0

Importance of trainings can never be overemphasized in any profession; hence the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) took time to train agric journalists on policy communications, JOHN OBA reports. Capacity building The importance of capacity building for journalist in the Nigeria agricultural sector is tied to the fact that the media is critical to the development of the sector Read More

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We’re focused on fertiliser production – NSIA

June 13, 2018 Benjamin Umuteme. Abuja 0

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has insisted that it is focused on fertilizer production as a key component of Agriculture EcoSystem in Nigeria. In a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Abuja, the agency disclosed that it has been involved in fertilizer production since 2016. The program involves the provision of the four components as listed above for Read More

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FAO warns child labour undermines efforts to end hunger, poverty

June 13, 2018 John Oba 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that increase trend of child labour in agriculture threatens the wellbeing of millions of children and undermines efforts to end global hunger and poverty. The organisation yesterday in it report on child labour said after years of steady decline, child labour in agriculture has started to rise again in recent years driven Read More

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NAQS sensitises staff on operations, procedure

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

With it approval as a substantial parastatal, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has sensitised it’s staff on it operation and procedures to position the Service to meet standard despite several restructuring. Addressing the staff during the sensitization workshop on quarantine that held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Lagos, the Coordinating Director, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, said with the NAQS becoming Read More

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Engage consultant for better agric financing – Chinwe

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

International Consultant / Special Adviser on Investment, Diaspora and Development Partners to the AU ECOSOCC Nigeria, Mrs Chinwe Maduike, in this interview with JOHN OBA, said government needs to engage consultants to find better and creative options of financing the sector What aspect of agriculture are you focusing on? We are concern about every sub-sector in agriculture but we are Read More

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FAO offers 630 farmers free seeds in North-east

June 11, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of its 2018 rainy season programme in the North East offered 630 farmers free seeds for the planting season The organisation at its first ever seed fair that held in Tikau, a large ward in the Nangere local government area of Yobe State had 400 cereal farmers, 130 Read More

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FG to double income from cashew to N1.7bn – Ogbeh

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chef Audu Ogbeh has stated that the federal government is set to bring in cashew processing machines that will boost production and increase earnings from cashew to $1.7 billion from $800 million per annum. Ogbeh stated this while speaking on the achievements of the Agriculture sector under the President Buhari led Administration in Read More

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Global economy to lose $100trn over anti-microbial medicines use, FAO warns

June 4, 2018 John Oba .Abuja 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that continuous use of antimicrobials as growth promoters, especially in livestock and acquaculture could lead to as many as 10 million deaths a year and over $100 trillion in losses to the global economy by 2050. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who gave the warning at a high-level UN coordination meeting Read More

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Quality seeds: NASC partners media on farmers education

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) is partnering with the media and other stakeholders in the sector to sensitise farmers on the need to secure quality seeds in order to obtain higher yields, JOHN OBA reports Farmers challenges on improve seeds The federal government’s efforts to ensure that farmers are provided with quality seeds has been on for some times Read More

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Jigawa creates 30,000 jobs through agric

Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state has said his administration has in the last three years invested in mega projects, including sugar, rice, livestock and poultry where over 30,000 jobs were created. The governor, who stated this while addressing reporters on his stewardship in the last three years in Dutse yesterday, explained that the four projects have impacted enormously Read More

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Kogi partners Synergos on agric extension workers’ training

May 28, 2018 Oyibo Salihu . Lokoja 0

Kogi state government has solicited the assistance of Synergos Nigeria, an international non-governmental organisation in the training of agricultural extension agents to enable farmers under its Anchor Borrowers scheme access best agronomic practices. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, who made the call at the state partnership for agriculture’s Core Delivery Team (CDT) meeting on Friday in Lokoja, Read More

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IITA Nigeria identifies new armyworm in West, Central Africa

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A new pest, southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania (Stoll)—has been discovered in West and Central Africa by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s (IITA). The institutes states that this introduced second armyworm species from the Americas was first found in cassava fields in south-eastern Nigeria in December 2016, reported Dr Georg Goergen, Entomologist/Biocontrol Specialist and Head of IITA’s Biodiversity Center in Read More

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UN resolution underscores role of safeguarding food production

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Director General, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, has stated that the United Nations Security Council Resolution on hunger and conflict underscores the critical role of safeguarding food production and rural livelihoods even under conditions of extreme violence and instability. Da Silva, in a statement said: “We strongly welcome this unprecedented move by the Security Council Read More

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10 int’l seed companies to attend June 5 SEEDCONNECT Conference

May 28, 2018 John Oba .Abuja 0

The National Agricultural Seeds Council, (NASC), has stated that 10 international seed companies will be attending SEEDCONECT Conference holding in Abuja from 5th June, 2018. The Director General, Dr Philip Ojo, addressing a press conference at the headquarters of the council on Friday explained that the essence of the conference targets increase in agricultural productivity in the country and beyond Read More

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Kano inaugurates c’ttee on agric development

May 9, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

Kano state government has inaugurated a 13 member Committee of State Project Monitoring Team on Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme. Inaugurating the committee, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, explained that the scheme which was initiated by the federal government was aimed at diversifying the economy, enhancing food security as well as Read More

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NAQS sensitise farmers on best agricultural practices for export

May 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), has commenced the training of farmers in Ainu/Oju Local Government Area, Benue State on good agricultural practices for export trade. The agency in a report at the weekend by the Dr. Gozie Nwodo, said it has identified the need to ensure farmers are properly guided on proper production technique from farm to fork. The Read More

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Kogi seeks pact with Synergos on agric productivity

April 26, 2018 Oyinbo salihu. Lokoja 0

Kogi state government has solicited the collaboration of Synergos Nigeria in collating the bio-data of authentic farmers in the state to enable them access credit facilities for enhanced agricultural productivity. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, made the appeal at the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) Core Delivery Team meeting on sustainable agriculture in Lokoja. Read More

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Body seeks private sector engagement in nutritious diets provision

April 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

With poor diets posing a great challenge to global health more than air pollution, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined, the private sector needs to play a stronger role in encouraging people to eat more nutritious food, according to a new policy brief launched recently. The brief by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition in partnership Read More

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Poultry products still in short supply – Popoola

April 23, 2018 John Oba. Abuja 0

The Chief Executive Officer, Filtop Long Yield Network Limited, Mr Femi Popoola has called for more investment in poultry products as local producers find it difficult to meet the demand for poultry products. In an exclusive interview with Blueprint, Popoola insisted that investors should take advantage of the opportunities provided to investors by his company as they are able to Read More

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Kabir Abiso: Boosting FG’s agric revolution

April 23, 2018 Awaal Gata 0

When President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the three-towered rice pyramids in Maiduguri, Borno state, it came as a surprise to many considering the activities of Boko Haram. AWAAL GATA examines how Kabir Abiso has been able to turn the insurgency-ravaged Borno into a rice-producing state. Prelude In the 1960s before Nigeria abandoned Agriculture for oil, it was one of the most Read More

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FAO establishes 3 stove production centers in Borno

April 18, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar. Maiduguri 0

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has established three fuel efficient stove production centres in Borno state to curtail felling of trees in the Sahara desert. It also trained about one hundred persons or workers in the production of fuel efficient stoves for the three centres that it has established in Maiduguri, Konduga and Jere LGAs of Borno state. The FAO Read More

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Agriculture, catalyst for economic growth, development – Expert

April 18, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

The Director, International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, Bayero University, Kano, Prof Binta Tijjani Jubril, has described agriculture as catalyst for economic growth and development as it remains the instrument for employment generation, poverty alleviation and food security. Speaking at a round table discussion on promoting agriculture through Islamic finance, opportunities, challenges and the way forward, held at the Read More

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Savouring Made-in-Nigeria agric tools

April 17, 2018 Binta Shama. Abuja 0

Agriculture is an essential sector in every society, whether developed or underdeveloped because food is a necessity to humanity. With agricultural tools, man can produce what he needs to be well-fed, clothed and as well-treated medically as noted by Josiah Sati Nyalwat, CEO of Nyalwat Technical Works Company, a Plateau State indigene. BINTA SHAMA had a chat with him. Importance Read More

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Agribusiness entrepreneurship, panacea for economic growth – Rector

April 17, 2018 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Deputy Provost, Federal College of Land Resources Technology, Owerri, Dr Jonah Marcylo Chukwu, has described Agribusiness Entrepreneurship as the only solution to Nigeria’s economic woes. In a lecture he delivered recently, titled “Agribusiness: An Engine for Economic Growth, Development and Stability in Nigerian Economy”, he advised the government to give it a trial and place the country on the path Read More

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‘Nigeria risks food insufficiency with farmers, herders ‘clashes’

Mr. Shedrack Madlion is the Chief Executive Officer of Safari 54 Integrated Farms in Kaduna; he is also an agricultural investor. In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA, he speaks on the farmers and herders’ clashes and their negative impact on the Nigerian economy, among other issues. Nigeria is faced with the challenges of incessant clashes between herders Read More

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