NITDA to train 10,000 IDPs

October 17, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has stated his plans to train over 10,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to enable seamless reintegration back to the society. of Nigerian citizens who were displaced as a result of insecurity. NITDA director-general Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi stated this while playing host to federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs (NCFRMI) at Read More

Experts make case for agroecology in Nigeria

October 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

Experts have called for the adoption of Agroecological farming to ensure food and livelihood security, with substantial income increases, higher yields and productivity. Speaking during a training workshop for journalists in Abuja recently, the Coordinator Food Sovereignty Program, Friends of the Earth Nigeria and Africa, Barr. Mariann Bassey– Orovwuje, said agroecology system of farming improves nutrition and family health; increased Read More

Revoke TELA maize commercial permit, group tells NBMA

October 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

Coalition of Civil society groups, researchers and analysts has called on the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) to revoke permits recently granted for the commercial release of the TELA Maize. According to the group, the maize variety which has been genetically modified for drought tolerance and insect resistance is a failed and an unwanted venture and it is only being Read More

NEMA distributes Agric inputs to 4,311 South South farmers affected by 2020 flood

September 30, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has flagged off the distribution of Agricultural inputs to farmers in South South who were affected by flood disaster on 2020.Flagging off the event in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, Thursday, NEMA Director General, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, said a total of 4,311farmers were verified and slated to benefit from the federal government’s gesture.He Read More

Expert raises concern over proliferation of boreholes in Nigeria

September 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

A Director from the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI) Dr. Martin’s Eduvie, has raised concern over the proliferation of boreholes in Nigeria, saying this is worrisome. Eduvie raised the concern on Thursday during a two-day Training for Water Resources Correspondents in the water sector, hosted by the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI). Dr. Eduvie, said water scarcity was on the Read More

Firm to boost women farmers’ capacity on food production

September 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Following farmers’ role in economic development and sustainability, an agric firm, Sweer Global Farms, has disclosed plans to boost women farmers’ capacity on food production. This was made known by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, SWEER Global Farms, Dr Thaddeaus Thompson, while speaking on the need to focus on building capacity of women farmers who make a major part of Read More

Lack of proper awareness bane of organic agriculture processes – Don

September 20, 2021 John Oba 0

A lecturer, in the department of Soil Science and Land Resources Managment, University of Uyo, Dr. Jude Obi, has states that the main problem of organic agriculture processes and practices is largely awareness. Obi said this during his online presentation on `Organic Agriculture to the Rescue’ organised by Journalists Go Organic Initiative. He noted that although conventional production system and Read More

Africa not among 10 world largest area of organic land

September 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, the Country Coordinator of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria says no country in Africa is among the ten world largest area of organic land. AdeOluwa said this during his online presentation on the Principles of Organic Agriculture practices organised by Journalists  Go Organic Movement. Journalists Go Organic is a Pan African initiative that brings journalists Read More

Climate change: Stakeholders task FG on agroecology

September 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As the world grapplers with the challenge of how to address climate change, the latest report of the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has underpined the urgency of taking global action on this, hence the call for adoption of agroecology as safest solution globally. Stakeholders at the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) workshop with researchers, policy experts and Read More

FAO canvasses massive use of technology, data

September 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

 The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for massive deployment of technology and data to tackle the growing threat to rural livelihoods and food security. The Organisation said advances in technology and data now allow us to predict and anticipate many disasters before they strike, bringing human suffering – but use of these tools must be massively scaled up. Read More

Nanono goes back to farm

September 13, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has revealed that he is going back to his farm after being dropped from office. Nanono revealed his next line of action on Thursday during the handing over ceremony at the ministry Headquarters in Abuja. This is even as he charged the staff in the ministry to support the Read More

NASC commissions 15 seeds inspectors in Kogi

September 13, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has trained and commissioned 15 licenced seeds Inspectors for Cassava in Kogi State. While addressing the Inspectors recently in Lokoja, Kogi State, during the refresher training supported by Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, the Director General, Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojo, said the inspectors are the captains of cassava seed quality assurances, and that they Read More

UK to partner Nasarawa govt on agricultural devt

September 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The British government, Wednesday, said it would partner Nasarawa state government on  agriculture and infrastructure development to improve economic development of the State. The British High commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, disclosed this when she paid a two-day official visit to Nasarawa state government.She said the visit was a follow-up to the visit by state government to British High Commission in Read More

Buhari directs NALDA to establish farm estates in 109 senatorial districts

September 5, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to set up integrated farm estates in all the 109 senatorial districts across the country. Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, said this while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend in Abuja.He said there was the need for governors Read More

Sen. Goje distributes fertiliser for free in Gombe

September 4, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

As part of his efforts to boost food production in his constituency, the Senator, representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Muhammad Danjuma Goje, has distributed thousands of bags of fertiliser to farmers for free.  Senator Goje, who was represented by member, representing Yamaltu West in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Sadik Ibrahim Kurba, said the gesture was in line with Read More

Stakeholders call for protection of aquatic ecosystems

August 29, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Stakeholders in the Water and environment sector have called for an end to pollution of the Nigeria oceanic space and emphasised on the need for the protection of the nation’s aquatic ecosystem. The stakeholders made the calls during a two day virtual School of Ecology Session on Politics of the Sea, organised by an organisation, Health if Mother Earth Foundation Read More

NASC trains LSIs on cassava varietal identification, seed certification, others

August 29, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) has conducted a refresher training course for Licensed Seed Inspectors (LSIs) on cassava varietal identification, cassava seed certification systems, new methods in seed certification, usage of cassava seed tracker, data collection and reporting etc. Aas part of efforts to further deepen your knowledge on cassava seed system. Declaring the training open recently in Makurdi, Read More

Youth, important to ending open defecation – Minister

August 29, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Minister for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu has said that Youth and Women play important role in curbing the open defecation in the country. Adamu while speaking on Thursday in Abuja at a National Youth and Stakeholders Dialogue on Clean Nigeria Campaign noted that open defecation pollutes the environment even as it poses a great risk to the entire Read More

NALDA, Kogi state partner on 700 hectares livestock farm estates

August 29, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) and Kogi State Government is set to partner on the establishment of a 700 hectares cattles, goat sheep and poultry Integrated Farm Estate in Kogi State North Central Nigeria with the major focus on improving the livestock sub-sector, reducing farmers’/herders’ clashes in the country and creating job opportunities for about three thousand youths Read More

FAO advocates strengthening of water, agric production systems

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the world mark the 2021 World Water Week, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for the development of resilient water resource management and agricultural production systems. The statement which the UN agency posted on its website said in an era of anthropogenic-induced environmental change defined by increasing hydrometeorological variability – exemplified by an increase in the severity Read More

Ekiti rice farmers get N820m CBN farm inputs

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Ekiti state rice-farmers have received N820 million worth of farm inputs under the Central Bank of Nigeria/Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Programme, the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Olabide Adetoyi disclosed. He said each of the benefitting farmers paid a counterpart fund of N21,000 and was allocated one hectare of land in a cluster, According to Agronature, the Read More

Nanono wants experts’ input on soil science services

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Muhammad Sabo Nanono has called on members of the newly reconstituted Governing Council of the Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) to encourage technical cooperation on soil extension services in the nation. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held at the Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja, recently, the minister represented Read More

Unsustainable agric practices hampering global food production – Expert

August 22, 2021 John Oba 0

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Ernest Aubee, has expressed concerns over the broken global food production system saying it is destroying food production system. Dr. Aubee stated this during a group presentation to a Journalists platform ‘Go Organic’ on the topic: ‘Importance of Ecological Organic Agriculture Policies in the Transformation of West African Agriculture” recently. He said the current Read More

Issues in implementation of PVP Act and attendant huddles

August 15, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) commenced unveiling and  implementation of the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVP), Nigeria is expected to make some billions of dollar annually, but how far can they go with the opposing forces, JOHN OBA reports. The clamour for Nigeria to develop a Plant Variety Protection Act (PVP) was finally put to rest with its unveiling Read More