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Food chain diversification’ll create jobs -FAO

Abuja The Director General, Food and Agriculture Organisations, (FAO), Dr. José Graziano da Silva, has called on Africa leaders to explore opportunities in agriculture throughout the food chain in order to create jobs for young people, especially those in rural areas. Dr. da Silva said agriculture will continue to generate employment in Africa over the […]

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FG urged to increase agric funding

National coordinator, Agro-Allied Cooperative Service Producer, Nigeria Limited, Prof. Queen Abike Adesuyi, has called on the federal government to increase funding to agriculture to ensure food security in the country. Adesuyi stated this at the meeting of 10 states coordinators at the company’s headquarter in Gwagwalada area council, saying investing more in agriculture and provision […]

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Katsina shows class at US world agric expo

Katsina The Katsina state government has taken a giant stride in showcasing its agricultural potentials to the world in faraway United States of America at the 2018 World Agric-Expo. This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the state deputy governor on Media, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Kallah and made copy available […]

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Stakeholders advocate improvement in agric policy implementation

  Stakeholders at an agriculture capacity building workshop have asserted that the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) if properly implemented will not only stimulate and facilitate agricultural performance it will also increase investment financing. In a communique issued at the end of the training for media practitioners in Abuja on agriculture policies (CAADP, ECOWAP, […]

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Oxfam highlights roles of Right to Food campaign

An international non-governmental organisation, Oxfam has highlighted the critical role of Right to Food campaign and access of land in solving inequality in Nigeria. The organisation, which launched and implemented its strategic partnership programme in 25 countries in 2015, has three basic theories for change: Right to food, conflict and fragility and financing for development. […]

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FG commences AFSIS pilot project

The federal government has commenced the African Soil Information Service (AFSIS) pilot project as part of efforts to address the lack of quality information and data on soil and agricultural landscape. This is believed would help boost sustainable agricultural productivity across the Nigerian agro- ecologies. The project which is being funded by Bill and Melinda […]

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AGRA ranks Nigeria among countries with agribusiness-friendly regulations

  An assessment report, “Enabling The Business of Agriculture 2017” put together by Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in partnership with the World Bank Group, has ranked Nigeria among countries with more agribusiness friendly regulations. It also it rated Nigeria high especially in the area of regulatory frameworks for finance, fertilizers, machinery in […]

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FCT farmers bicker over proposed establishment of cattle colonies, ranches

As discussions on the proposed federal government cattle colonies continue to elicit reactions, Blueprint seeks the opinion of FCT farmers in the rural community, PAUL OKAH reports. Mrs. Aminu Mustapha, farmer in Nyanya It’s a welcome development. This issue of Fulani herdsmen has been a troubling one in the history of Nigeria. The herdsmen have […]

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Our agric inputs are of international standard – CEO Tolaye Metal

As the government continues to encourage mechanisation in the agriculture sector and encouragement of local manufacturers to fill the gap, the Chief Executive Officer, Tolaye Metal and Technical Company, Mr Oladayo Oloyede, in this interview with JOHN OBA, says with government support for local manufacturers and fabricators, his company can bridge the demand gap What […]

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Niger supplies fertilisers to farmers in March

Niger state government has said it would begin the distribution of fertiliser at subsidised rates to farmers in the state between March and April. The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Nuhu Dukku, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna yesterday. He said the state government would partner with […]

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EU ban: FG, UNIDO, develop export control plan

As part of efforts to meet the European Union, agriculture export requirement, and get the ban on Nigeria agricultural produce reversed, the federal government has developed the Integrated Agro-Export Control Plan from the inter-ministerial technical committee on Zero Reject of Agricultural commodities and non-oil export sets up last year. The Plan is in collaboration with […]

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FG introduces Phygital value chains technology to small scale farmers

The federal government has concluded arrangement to introduce Phygital Value Chains technology to small holder farmers in the country as part of efforts to further mechanise agriculture and boost the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the current administration, At a well attended event by key Stakeholders in the sector and officials of the […]

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No need for anti-grazing law in Kogi – Bello

  Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has stated that the state has no need of anti-grazing law as the cattle colonies embark upon will make grazing outside the designated area unnecessary. Bello who stated this on Friday during a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, where he declared that […]

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Some cooperatives are established for personal gains – CFAN CEO

Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Financing Agency of Nigeria (CFAN), Mr Emmanuel Atama, in this interview with JOHN OBA, behaves some Cooperatives in the country are pseudo cooperatives established for personal gains. What is the operation of your organisation? The National Cooperative Financing Agency of Nigeria (CFAN) by the cooperative structure in […]

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Edo plans 150,000 hectares for oil palm plantation

  Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state yesterday said the state was ready to commit between 100,000 to 150,000 hectares of land to the cultivation of oil palm plantations over a period of “five to 10 years.” Obaseki disclosed that his administration was determined to expand the total land available for oil palm cultivation in […]

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6,040 Jigawa youths screened for rice production

Jigawa state technical committee on the implementation of commodity farming has screened 6,040 youths to be engaged in dry season rice farming in the state. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Kabiru Ali, announced this during a meeting with members of the committee and stakeholders at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday. He […]