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Farmers lose N30m crops as dam dries up in Katsina

May 9, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Hundreds of irrigation farmers using water from Musawa dam in Katsina State are hard times following sudden drying up of the dam. Th e farmers are counting their losses as crops which are at various stages of maturity have wilted because of lack of water forcing some of the farmers to commence early harvest to salvage what they could of Read More

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NIMET, ARCAN partner to equip farmers with information

April 24, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 1

By Ime Akpan Lagos Th e director general and chief executive offi cer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Prof. Sani Mashi has called for collaboration with nongovernmental organisations, private and corporate organizations to equip local farmers with adequate information for the 2017 farming season. Th e director general made the call recently when the acting executive secretary of Agricultural Read More

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Poisonous cassava: NAFDAC to sensitise farmers, food outlets operators in Kogi, Ondo

April 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says arrangements are on to sensitise farmers in Kogi and Ondo on how to handle food chain from the farms to consumers’ table. Th e NAFDAC Director, Special Duties, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja said operators of fast food outlets in both states would Read More

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India to help Nigerian farmers plant pulses for export

April 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e Head of Chancery, High Commission of India, in Lagos, Mr Jagdeep Kapoor, recently announced his government’s plans to encourage Nigerian farmers to plant more pulses that would be exported to India. Kapoor said in Lagos that the initiative would create a source of income for Nigerian farmers, as well as ensure steady fl ow of the produce to Read More

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Agric Extension Workers: SADP adopts World Bank standard ratio

April 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Stories by David Agba with agencies Sokoto state government has planned to adopt the World Bank standard ratio of extension worker to farmers in order to boost support for farmers in the state. Programme Manager of Sokoto Agricultural Development Project (SADP), Abubakar Sadiq Malami told Saturday Vanguard on Friday that the move was to ensure farmers got sensitised on new Read More

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FAO boss urged increased assistance to North east

April 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e Director-General of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, has stated that it is imperative to immediately ramp up humanitarian assistance to hungerthreatened rural communities in the strifetorn Lake Chad Basin region. He stated this recently during a visit to some of the aff ected areas in northeastern Nigeria, saying . Failure to restore food production Read More

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Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, supported by former President Olusegun Obasanjo at,the launch of the first harvest of Tilapia fi sh

April 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, supported by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the representative of Ogun state Governor Senator Ibukunle Amosun,the Commissioner of Agriculture cutting the tape to launch the fi rst harvest of Tilapia fi sh in Premium Aquaculture Limited  13Shares13     

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Sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production

April 8, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 2

By David Agba Abuja Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers signifi cantly raise their productivity. Th is will mean more naira from the same land, inputs and eff ort. Th e benefi ts of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across Read More

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How Ganduje is repositioning Kano to feed Nigeria

April 3, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

In this piece, BODE OLAGOKE, who was in Kano recently, writes on efforts by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration to reposition the agricultural sector, not only to feed the state but the nation as a whole For years, the calls to look inward and diversify the mono-economy Nigeria solely relied on were not adhered to by the successive administrations, both Read More

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FAO supported farmers eye good harvest in North-east

April 3, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) supported farmers in northeast Nigeria are said to be having very good harvest, going by the amount and quality of crops so far gathered from their fields by some of the farmers. A Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Community Based Agricultural and Rural Development Program (CBARDP), FAO implementing partner in Borno state, Salisu Bukar Read More

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30% malnourished children in Nigeria embarrassing – Minister

April 3, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has lamented the rate of malnourished children in Nigeria, saying it is embarrassing to know that over 30% children are malnourished in the country. He said the major problem in Nigeria was not so much food as it is lack of nutritional food that Nigerians eat. Lokpobiri state Read More

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FG commences production of strategic document on PPR control

April 3, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja The federal government, through the Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Service, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has commenced the development of a National Strategy document for the Control and Eradication of Peste Des Petits Ruminants (PPR) as part of efforts to solve the problem of this viral disease that has caused devastating Read More

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FG flags off 8th graduate youth farmers scheme

April 3, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

In line with this present administration’s effort to increase food production, improve standard of living through the provision of irrigation infrastructure and provide enabling environment for job creation for youths, the Federal Government has flagged off its 8th Graduates Farmers Youth Empowerment Scheme in Illah/Ebu community of Delta State. The Illah/Ebu Centre Pivot Irrigation system (CIPS) was also commissioned by Read More

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Saving Nigeria seafood industry

March 13, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

There is no doubt that Nigeria derive much of its protein needs from fish and seafood products. With the total fish demand of 3.5 million metric tons per year with 800,000 tons produced locally and 2.1 million tons deficit the ban on importation gives room for smuggling that is currently a threat to the sector. JOHN OBA writes. Nigeria fisheries Read More

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WAAPP to expand scope, FG applies for second phase

March 13, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja The federal government has stated that it would expand the scope of activities of the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) Nigeria has the government has applied for the second phase due to commence soon. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh stated this at the weekend when he visited Longa-Ewa Lakes Read More

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NASC develops seed e-certification platform

March 13, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The National Agricultural Seeds Council, (NASC), has developed e-certification and quality control platform to ascertain quantity and quality of all traded seed online. The director general of the Council, Dr Philip Ojo, stated this recently a 2-day Stakeholders Workshop on Addressing Challenges of Early Generation Seed Varieties in line with the Green Alternative Agenda of Government’, held in Abuja He Read More

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••• To collaborate with CARD on rice seed breeding

March 13, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 1

The West African Agricultural Productivity Programme Nigeria (WAAPP-Nigeria) and the Coalition for African Rice Development (CARD) has expressed readiness to collaborate on rice development in Nigeria especially in the area of rice seed breeding. Both organisations revealed this recently when delegations from CARD came on a courtesy visit to WAAPP Nigeria office in Abuja, recently. Speaking on the achievement of Read More

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Agric to witness upward production soon – Lokpobiri

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By David Agba Abuja- Th e Minister for State Agriculture, Senator (Dr.) Heineken Lokpobiri has said the agriculture sector would experience an upward surge in production and effi ciency in the value added to the production of food and beverages. He stated that the Global Ambassador of International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) Mr. Jimmy Okoroh met with him recently to Read More

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Investing in agric critical to curbing food insecurity – Burgeon

March 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

With focus on resettling the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-east, the Director of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Dr. Dominique Burgeon, in this interview told  journalists in Abuja that there is urgent need for investment in the agricultural sector to help curb the danger of food insecurity, JOHN OBA was there. Is there a Read More

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‘Atlantic Farm produces 120,000 tonnes of shrimp annually’

March 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja Atlantic Shrimps Farm, a multi-million dollars, shrimp farm in Badagry, has stated that it is producing 120,000 tonnes of shrimp annually with strictly compliant with international standards and best management practices. The managing director, Mr Kamlesh Kabra, stated this when the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, visited the farm Read More

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Agro biz: Foundation empowers 50 women

March 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

A group, Social Safety Net Foundation has empowered 50 people through its Rural Relief and Empowerment Programme (R-REP). President of the organisation, Mr Olalekan Babalola said the women were trained on Agribusiness, and other subjects such as Exclusive Breastfeeding and complementary feeding as most of them were nursing mothers. “About one thousand clothes were distributed along with 50 bags of Read More

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Group enlists 250,000 youth into farming

March 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The United Young Farmers Forum (UYFF), revealed at the weekend that it has mobilized over 250,000 youths into agriculture across the value chains. It therefore called the federal government, development partners and Civil Society Organisations support its initiatives. UYFF President, Prince Beegreat Orimadegun, in a statement stated that the organisation is ready to work with all stakeholders and look forward Read More

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Odd brand: Gorigo from Okene

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e current economic recession is pushing the business acumen of Nigerians beyond limits. Imagine if this packaged sesame seed, locally known as Gorigo in Ebira language, was in place since I fi rst introduced the product to my friends in Warri  13Shares13     

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Food safety and Nigeria’s place in global agribusiness

February 27, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

By Audu Ogbeh You cannot talk about food and health without talking about agriculture. The quality of food begins on the farm. It has to do with the quality of seeds, the quality of soil, the quality of fertiliser, the quality of chemicals. All of these add up to the output that is delivered to the table. Connecting food safety, Read More

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