COVID-19: 660m people to face hunger in 2030 – FAO

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World released recently has revealed that the lasting effects of COVID-19 pandemic on global food security will still be felt for a long time as around 660 million people may still face hunger in 2030, 30 million more people than in a scenario in which the pandemic Read More

FG, IOGLAD set to groom 1m organic farmers

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The federal government and the International Organisation for Good Leadership and Agricultural Development (IOGLAD) is set to groom one million Nigerian farmers as Organic Agriculture Developers for the production of healthy organic food crops to boost Nigerian food security. The National Co-ordinator, Organic Agricultural Development Culture and Practice Plan for Nigeria, and National BOT Chairman, Organic Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Read More

Ministry calls for National Control Strategies for animal disease

January 16, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe has stated that the development of National Control Strategies for the control of the diseases is long overdue. This is even as he attributed the stunt growth of Nigeria’s livestock sector to a wide range of animal diseases. Umakhihe made this known in Abuja at the Stakeholders’ Read More

FG commences training on livestock import, export certification

January 16, 2022 John Oba 0

The federal government has commenced training on certification protocols for import and export of animals and animal products in line with international standards. The Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Health and Clinical Services, Dr, Maimuna Habib at the programme in Abuja said the essence was to sensitize the veterinarians involved in attesting to the health status of animals and animals products Read More

Nigeria: As price of eggs soars…

January 2, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The increasing price of goods and services has left its mark in the Nigerians poultry industry where farmers continue to lament its effect on consumption and sales; JOHN OBA writes   One of the common means of protein for Nigeria across classes is egg. It is said to contain about six grams of protein, as well as helpful amino acids. Proper daily share Read More

FG commissions boreholes, fish market, others in Yobe

January 1, 2022 Yusuf A Yusuf, Damaturu 0

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Friday, commissioned and handed over solar-powered boreholes to communities of four local government areas of Yobe state. Its Minister, Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, represented by the state coordinator, Garba Chiromari Usman, said the boreholes were commissioned at Hausari, Layin temple communities in Nguru local government area, Kuwait, Kasuwan NPN, Mamudo in Potiskum Read More

Poultry farmer laments low patronage

December 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As Christians are celebrating Christmas across the world, poultry farmers is not on the same wavelength as many say the outcome of chicken sales is a far cry from what it used to be; ADEOLA TUKURU writes. For many poultry farmers, the years 2021 will go into the books as one that not only recorded low sales, but also the prices of Read More

In Edo, institute trains residents on fishery, poultry farming

December 27, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

The National Horticultural Research Institute (NHRI), Ibadan has identified capacity building for women and youths as the panacea to broadening socio-economic agricultural inclusion in Nigeria.  The institute said regular training would enhance food security, employment opportunities, wealth creation, sustained household income, and healthy livelihood.    Acting Executive Director of NHRI, DR. Ephraim Nwanguma, disclosed this during a two-day skill development for Read More

FG targets sorghum value chain to meet food, industrial demand

December 26, 2021 John Oba 0

  The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, has inaugurated a technical committee to streamline the existing Sorghum varieties to meet food and Industrial demand. Umakhihe who was represented by the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), Mrs Karima Babangida, noted that the Ministry has been promoting Sorghum production and Value addition Read More

Release post harvest losses support budget, stakeholders task FG

December 26, 2021 John Oba 0

                                               Stakeholders at the ActionAid 2022 budget analysis meeting held in Abuja recently has called on the management of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to ensure the total amounts should be released to ensure the reduction of postharvest losses. Commending the ministry for specific allocations to tackle postharvest losses, stakeholders Read More

Nigeria needs N1.5trn to develop 500,000 hectares of irrigation land by 2030

December 26, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Irrigation Development Plan 2016 to 2030 has revealed that the federal government needs about N1.5 trillion to develop 500,000 hectares of irrigated land by 2030. Out of that figure, 96,000 hectares have been developed in the period under review. This was revealed by the former Coordinating Director, NIWRMC, Engr. R. A.K Jimoh, during the recent Nigeria Media Water Week Event Read More

NATIP will fast track Nigeria’s agric revolution – Shehuri

December 19, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of State for Agricultural and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, has assured that the Implementation of the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP), 2022- 2025 would fast track agricultural revolution in Nigeria. According to him, the policy will enhance access to improved inputs and linkages amongst research and teaching institutions as well as improve the level of Read More

Stakeholders to dialogue on challenges confronting Nigeria’s water sector

December 19, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, has revealed that the forthcoming 28th Meeting of the National Council on Water Resources (NCWR) will examine issues affecting the water sector and implement policies that will bring structural changes. Walson-Jack, revealed this during an opening remark at the just concluded Technical Committee meeting on Water Resources which held recently Read More

Organic agric’ll boost food production, increase foreign reserve – Minister

December 19, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammed Abubakar, has revealed that effective organic farming will boost food production, increase Nigeria’s foreign reserve, improve healthcare and increase the life span of Nigerians.  He said, Nigeria as a nation has both physical and human resources to excel in organic farming and is one of the best organic producers in the Read More

FAO, FMARD, concludes training programme in TCP programme in 4 states

December 19, 2021 John Oba 0

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have concluded concluded the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) “‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Improved Data and Information Systems for Policy Planning and Tracking the SDGs in Nigeria. The stakeholders include, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The project which Read More

FG, Friesland Wamco pact’ll improve dairy sector

December 12, 2021 John Oba 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has said that the ministry’s partnership with Friesland Campina Wamco would improve the dairy sub-sector, boost production of locally produced milk and increase linkages between smallholder farmers in the sub-sector. The Minister said this known during the courtesy visit of Friesland Campina Wamco Nigeria Plc led by the Executive Read More

NLTP implementation to bridge importation gaps – Minister

December 12, 2021 John Oba 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has reiterated that implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) will close the dairy importation gaps and boost livestock development in Nigeria. The minister stated this at a virtual meeting recently with Commissioners of Agriculture across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT and other stakeholders Read More

AAPN kicks against foreign body on pesticide council

December 12, 2021 John ObaOba 0

Alliance for Action on Pesticide (AAPN) has kicked against the inclusion of CropLife International as members of the Nigerian Pesticide Council while leaving out most regulatory agencies that are saddled with the responsibility of regulating the sector. This is even as the group also called for more input into the Bill by extending the public hearing saying that the content Read More

AAPN raises the alarm over inflow of banned, expired pesticides into Nigeria

December 5, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Alliance for Action on Pesticide in Nigeria (AAPN), a coalition of NGOs, academia and experts who seek to increase awareness and demand improved regulation of pesticides market in Nigeria has raised serious concern over the inflow of banned and expired pesticides entering Nigeria largely unhindered through its ports. Local retail markets where these products are retailed are barely checked. The Read More

FAO, Experts warn against unsustainable agric practices

December 5, 2021 Editorial IV 0

As Nigeria join the rest of the world to mark the 2021 World Soil Day, The Food and Agriculture (FAO), and experts in the agricultural sector have warned against unsustainable agricultural practices and the over-exploiration of natural resources. This, is even as they also pointed out the danger of practices that salinate the soil which poses a major risk to Read More

Stakeholders harp on deployment of ICT innovations to fast track seed trade

December 5, 2021 John Oba 0

Stakeholders at the just concluded Seed Connect Africa conference and exhibition, with the theme titled: “Partnership for a resilient and robust seed industry in Nigeria,” held in Abuja recently has called for the development and deployment of more ICT innovations to fast track seed trade, varietal performance mapping, seed tracking and sharing market information services. The participants at the conference Read More

75% of human infectious diseases originate from animals

December 5, 2021 John Oba 0

Acting Registrar of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), Dr Ezenwa Nwakonobi, has revealed that about 75 percent of human infectious diseases originate from animals. . Nwakonobi said this at the 4th convocation and 6th investiture ceremonies of the College Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria held on Saturday in Abuja.  He said animals can carry harmful germs, such as bacteria, fungi, Read More

Food insecurity: Agric experts decry low knowledge of climate change, sensitise farmers

December 2, 2021 Awaal Gata 0

Experts in Agricultural sector have decried over low knowledge of climate change and pest resilient crops among Nigerian Local Farmers.  They raised the concern at the inaugural meeting of the Technical Working Group on Germplasm Users’ Engagement Activity, and sensitisation of farmers in Niger State, organised by the National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB) in collaboration with the Read More

Agro business: NASC, FG harp on sustainable seed system

November 29, 2021 John Oba 0

The Federal Government has reiterated the importance of sustainable seed system in Nigeria, saying sustainable seed system makes agricultural revolution sacrosanct in the bid to diversify the economy. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, in a special address on Monday, while declaring the SEEDCONNECT AFRICA 2021 Conference and Exhibition open with theme ‘Strengthening resilience through Partnership Read More

Oil extraction: Gelegele community laments dearth of livelihood over pollution

November 21, 2021 Editorial IV 0

With so much suffering being faced by communities from gas flaring and pollution in the Gelegele community, oil industry profits gained have blinded companies to the negative impacts. The issue of gas flaring has been a major source of environmental damage and habitual loss in the Niger Delta region and has adversely affected local populations that are independent on fishing Read More