World Bank, CORAF launch 2022 certified seed campaign in Gambian

July 10, 2022 John Oba 0

The World Bank, CORAF and Gambian Ministry of Agriculture, has officially launched, the national distribution campaign of certified seeds for 2022, in Abuko Banjul, Gambia. A statement by the CORAF Media Consultant, Lorita Simbou, said the initiative is part of the operations of Gambia Inclusive and Resilient Agricultural Value Chain Development (GIRAV) project. “A total of 12,500 smallholders producers, of Read More

Oxfam raises concern over possible food crisis in West Africa 

July 10, 2022 John Oba 0

Oxfam Nigeria has raised concern over the possible food crisis across the sub-continent, calling for West African leaders to do more to facilitate non-violent, non-conflict dispute resolution. This was contained in a statement by The NGO stating that as many as 828 million people were hungry in 2021, an increase of 150 million since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. While reacting Read More

FG gives 300 farmers pasture seeds in FCT

July 10, 2022 John Oba 0

As part of activities to mark the declaration of the National Pasture Day in FCT, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has donated 25kg bags of pasture seeds to 300 farmers in the FCT. This is even as it declared 28th June, an annual National Pasture Planting Day. Handling over the seeds to the farmers at Paiko Kore, Gwagwalada Read More

Stakeholders raise concern over farmers low adoption of pasture technology 

July 4, 2022 John Oba 0

Stakeholders at the Dairy Value Chain forum and Responsible Business Conduct Workshop have raised concern over Nigeria farmers low adoption of pasture technology in the production of milk in Nigeria, pointing out that this will enable farmers attain a better and sustainable environment for their animals and staff.  The workshop organised in Abuja by Milk Value Chain Foundation and other Read More

Solidaridad charges oil palm farmers to secure environment, improve productivity

July 2, 2022 Oyibo Salihu 0

A Solution – oriented organization, Solidaridad Nigeria, has charged oil palm smallholder farmers to embrace sustainable oil palm production in order to secure the environment and improve productivity. The programme manager, oil palm/country management lead, Solidaridad Nigeria Kenechukwu Onukwube gave the charge in Lokoja at a multi stakeholders workshop organized for the Multi Stakeholders Platform (MSP) from Dekina, Olamaboro and Read More

How we are changing cashew processing narrative in Nigeria – Adesokan

June 28, 2022 Awaal Gata 0

Ademola Adesokan is the Managing Director of Annie Glidden Commodities, a cashew-processing company in Kwara state. He discusses with AWAAL GATA how the company was founded, the achievements it has so far recorded, and its prospects How did you go into agricultural trading, as many Nigerians prefer the oil sector? It is not an individual effort; it was a joint Read More

Water minister charges staff on dedication to duty

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu has charged staff of the Ministry to be hardworking and dedicated to duty. Suleiman while speaking recently in Abuja at the commemoration of the 2022 Civil Service Day noted that public service is the most potent and viable instrument available for the formulation and implementation of government policies and program and as such, Read More

Scientists to turn mosquitoes, flies, pests to poultry feeds

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

A team of enterprising Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and researchers are currently working on turning pests and insects such as mosquitoes and flies into lunch for the animals. A report by ARS Office of Communications, Kathryn Markham, said the project which is one of three winning ideas in ARSX2021, a competition that incentivizes researchers to propose innovative, high-risk ideas Read More

FG set to flag-off National Pasture Development Programme

June 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the search for free or low-cost pasture and livestock feed has remained the reason advanced for movement of animals from one location to another, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is set to flag off the National Pasture Development Programme. The programme which will be flag off at Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve, Gwagwalada, FCT Read More

Minister hails civil service for significant roles 

June 19, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, has described the Nigerian Civil Service as the engine of governance, hence should be celebrated considering the significant role it plays in the society. This Minister gave the commendation at the Civil Service Award Ceremony held at ARMTI Conference Centre Gudu, Abuja recently. He said based on the directive Read More

SPDC, ENI oil pollution destroying Niger Delta farmers livelihood – HOMEF

June 19, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Director, Health of Mother Earth (HOMEF), Dr. Nnimmo Bassey, has raised concern over the incessant crude oil pollutions in Niger Delta communities by oil giants. The director in a release signed by the Media/communication lead, Kome Odhomor, with the caption Ikarama Paradox at the weekend, said reports of oil spill incidents are as numerous as they are disturbing, adding that, at a Read More

FG introduced fish storage, processing, marketing project to increase shelf life – Minister

June 19, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammed Abubakar has stated that the Federal Government has introduce measures such as fish storage, processing, marketing project to increase shelf life so as to enable the fisheries subsector gain the desired prominence. Abubakar assured that the fisheries and Aquaculture subsector is very significant to the Nigerian economy in terms of employment Read More

Lack of organic feed, major constraint of African organic livestock production –  Olowe

June 19, 2022 John Oba 0

Prof. Victor Olowe,  a Board Member of the International Society for Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) has stated that one of the major constraints of organic livestock production in African countries is lack of organic feed. Olowe therefore, called on Organic Livestock producers to embrace oilseed cakes to curb production shortage in Africa. Olowe said this during his recent online presentation on Read More

Nigeria: IOGLAD to empower organic farmers in 22 states

June 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The International Organisation for Good Leadership and Agricultural Development (IOGLAD), is set to empower farmers in 15 Africa Countries including Nigeria on Organic agricultural practice and culture programme. IOGLAD is a non-governmental organisation. Presenting the programme to a group of experts led by the Director, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Lawal Fausat, IOGLAD Chairman, Chief Read More

FG empowers smallholder farmers with inputs, equipment

June 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

As part of its empowerment programme, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has flagged-off the Roll out/Distribution of Agricultural inputs to Smallholder Farmers in Kaduna State, Handing over the inputs to the farmers, the Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said the gesture open up investment opportunities, create jobs for stakeholders and facilitate increased Read More

Create enabling environment for agribusiness to thrive – ECOWAS

June 5, 2022 John Oba Abuja 0

The Head of Agriculture Division in the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Ernest Aubee, has stated that, agribusiness development in Africa requires provision of enabling policy, legal and economic environment. This is even as he said increased public and private sector investments in the continent was is critical Aubee stated this recently while presenting a paper with the title, “Sustainable Agribusiness in Read More

NIRSAL disburses N500m loan to Nasarawa farmers

June 2, 2022 Mohammed Yangida 0

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has disbursed over N500,000,000 million to farmers in Nasarawa state from 2017 to 2020. Head project monitoring, reporting of remediation office NIRSAL, Mr. Noel Dilli, disclosed this during a media and stakeholders engagement meeting in Lafia, the state capital on Thursday. He said the total amount disbursed in Nasarawa state Read More

FG flags off distribution of veterinary equipment, laboratory reagents to state

May 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

As part of efforts to enhance effective and efficient animal health service delivery to livestock farmers in the country, the Federal Government flagged-off the distribution of procured veterinary equipment, laboratory reagents and consumables to State Ministries of Agriculture, Veterinary Teaching Hospitals (VTHs) and Research Institutes. Handing over some of the equipment recently at the Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Maitama, Abuja, the Minister Read More

Nigeria: AFD commits $2bn to development of agric, water, others

May 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Agence Francaise de Dévelopment (AFD) Country Director, Xavier Muron, says the Agency spent over $2 billion to support the development of agricultural, water, Energy, Urban Transport, and rural road in Nigeria in the last 14 years. Muron stated this at the final Art Exhibition of the CATCH UP II project in Abuja on Saturday. “AFD opened in Nigeria 14 Read More

Stakeholders call for passage of 2019 National Agricultural Development Fund Establishment Bill

May 29, 2022 John Oba 0

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have called for the passage of the National Agricultural Development Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2019 proposed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development given the strategic importance of the sector. The stakeholders made the call at the Non-State Actors (NSAs) Post National Dialogue and Dissemination on Nigeria’s Performance Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Read More

Nigeria aligned WASH to national water priorities – Minister

May 22, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Sulieman Adamu has said the federal government commitments made in 2019 during the Sector Ministers Meeting (SMM) in Costa Rica, were aligned to National priorities for the WASH sector in Nigeria. Adamu stated this while attending the 2022 Sector Ministers Meeting (SMM) organized by Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) in Jakarta Indonesia recently. Read More

EU’s energy strategy’ll worsen African food crisis – Group

May 22, 2022 John Oba Abuja 0

A group of Non-governmental Organisations across Africa has raised concern over European Union’s energy strategy, saying it will not only worsen Africa food crisis, it willfurther accelerate climate crisis. Recently, the European Union called on the United States, Canada, African and Gulf countries to open up new gas supplies to displace supplies of Russian oil and gas. The group in Read More

32 states, FCT in high risk of flood in 2022 – Minister

May 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman H Adamu, has warned that 233 Local Government Areas in 32 States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fall within the Highly Probable flood risk Areas. This is even as 212 Local Government Areas in 35 states of the Federation including FCT fall within the moderately probable flood risk Areas and Read More

Nigeria produces less than 10% of it honey demand annual – Expert

May 17, 2022 Blueprint 0

An Animal Scientist/Apiculturist, Mr Kingsley Nwaogu, on Friday has raised the concern over the low level of honey production in Nigeria, saying the country annual honey production was less than 40,000 tons (less than 10 per cent) this trend indicated a large business opportunity. This is even as Nigerian annual honey consumption was 400,000 tons, and global honey production and Read More