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Deepening nutrition through agriculture

The federal government has re-inaugurated the inter-ministerial agriculture working committee on nutrition and food security. The 35-man committee is charged with working out modalities to mitigate malnutrition among others. JOHN OBA reports. March 2015, the federal government inaugurated the inter-ministerial agriculture/nutrition working group with the aim of building on the strengths of nutrition stakeholders, systems […]

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2016 records low food prices

Prices of major food commodities declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, averaging 161.6 points for the year as a whole, some 1.5 percent below their 2015 levels. Bumper harvests and prospects for staple cereals offset upward pressure on FAO’s Food Price Index from tropical commodities such as sugar and palm oil, […]

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FG re-launches cocoa producing revitalisation

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has inaugurated the committee on the re-launched of the cocoa programme in Nigeria to ensure that Nigeria moves from her current position of number seven (7) in the world of cocoa production to the number one position. The Minister who threw this challenge while inaugurating the […]

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I will support agenda 2060 on agric if… – Obiora

One of the three Nigerians contesting for the position of Commissioner for Gender, Agriculture and Rural Economy in the forthcoming election of the Executive Council of the African Youth Commission, Obiora Anthonias in this interview with JOHN OBA, says proper implementation of AU agenda 2060 and engagement of youth in Agriculture will lift Africa out […]

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Diversification: How Kano attained highest in agriculture under Ganduje

With the negative effect of the fall in the price of oil on the allocation that goes into state governments’ purse every month, it becomes compulsory for state governors to think outside the  box in order to survive but how many states have taken the bull by the horn? BODE OLAGOKE compares the efforts of […]

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North-east: ECOWAS, others charged on food crisis

As the discourse on the reconstruction of the North-east and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) continues to take central stage, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and international community and donor agencies have been called upon to find urgent solutions to the food crisis and nutrition problems in the region. JOHN OBA […]

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Seed council reconstitutes biosafety committee

Stories by John Oba Abuja Eight member International Bio-safety Committee (IBC) has been reconstituted to replace the IBC committee inaugurated in 2013. The director general, National Agricultural Seed Council Dr. Philip Ojo during national biosafety guidelines domestication, held in Abuja on Friday said the committee became necessary due to distrust and controversies surrounding acceptance and […]

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FG urges herdsmen/farmers reconciliation

The federal government has called on the governments of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) to proffer solution to incessant herdsmen/farmers clash in the sub-region. Speaking on behalf of Nigeria, during a courtesy visit made by West African Farmers Network, (WAFN) led by the President, Mamadou Cissokho,to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural […]

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…To launch N10bn agric environmental impact fund

As part of effort to mitigate the effect of climate change on Nigeria agriculture, President Muhammudu Buhari is set to lunch a N10 billion naira agricultural environmental impact fund next Wednesday to support women which farmlands are devastated by environment change and terrorism. The Women Association for National Agriculture Environment Impact Fund (WAEIF), who is […]

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FADAMA targets 30,000 hectares of dry season rice farming

As Nigeria under the current administration strives for self-sufficiency, several agencies have been involved in fulfilling this vision. One of such is the FADAMA III project that recently declared another 30,000 hectares of rice farm for the dry season farming. JOHN OBA reports. The target of the federal government on self-sufficiency in rice production by […]

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FAO expresses fear over famine in Nigeria

Stories by John Oba Abuja The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released last week has further collaborated the famine alarmed raised by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu as it revealed that over 8 million Nigerians are food […]

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China donates mycotoxin handbooks to Nigeria

As part of efforts to assist Nigeria in its fight against exportation of sub-standard non-oil and agriculture produce, and to achieve food safety, the Peoples’ Republic of China, through her embassy in Nigeria, has donated Mycotoxin handbooks to Nigeria. Presenting the book recently to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who […]

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Experts call for conversion of 30m flared Urea to fertilizer

Experts have stated that the 30m metric tons of Urea being flared annually in Nigeria can be converted to enormous raw material that will go a long way to boost fertiliser production in Nigeria. The experts drawn from the organised private sector and some top government functionaries in the fertilizer sub sector in Abuja also […]

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House committee calls for amendment of Procurement Act

… Wants agriculture ministry removed from normal budgetary process Stories by John Oba Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture has called for the amendment of the Procurement Act in order to fast track the procurement process in the Agricultural sector which is known to be time- bound. This is even has the committee […]

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Perm sec assures ministerial SERVICOM Committee of adequate support

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, has assured members of the ministerial SERVICOM committee of the ministry necessary support to perform their duties. Inaugurating the committee, last Thursday, Ahmed expressed satisfaction with the Reform Coordination and Service Improvement department of the Ministry for taking its rightful place in […]

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Minister urges Japanese, others to invest in Nigeria agriculture

The minister of state for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has counselled Japanese and other investors to take advantage of Nigeria agricultural potential and invest in the sector. Lokpobiri said the Nigerian huge market makes it the best global investment destination for a profitable returns and serious prospective investor in Agriculture. He said […]

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Biodiversity needed to guarantee food security, nutrition

The Deputy Director-General, Food and Agricultural Organisations (FAO), Maria Helena Semedo has stated that biodiversity is essential for food security and nutrition. Semedo at the recent opening High-Level Segment of the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) said maintaining biological diversity is important for producing food […]

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NYCN, CBN to empower 35m youth in agriculture

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has revealed that it is collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in order to empower 35 million youths across the country in Agriculture. The Council’s National president, Comrade Muhammed Garba while addressing press on his programme for the youth said his administration is collaborating with the […]

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Sectorial rivalry may hinder FG zero rejection plan

With the constant embarrassing rejection and banning of Nigeria’s agricultural produce in the European market, due largely to lack of proper verification and approval by the relevant agencies, the federal government has set up a Standing Inter-ministerial Technical committee on zero rejection of agricultural commodities and produce/non-oil exports. JOHN OBA reports Standardization, especially on consumables […]

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FG to expose coys exporting sub-standard produce produce

Stories by John Oba Abuja As part of efforts of achieving zero rejection of Nigeria’s agricultural produce, sustain the implementation of federal government’s, validated strategy document for a single quality control management system plan the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has threatened to start disclosing names of companies that engage in the […]

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… To continue subsidy on seeds

The federal government has reiterates that it would continue to subsidy quality seeds for farmers as part of efforts to encourage food sufficiency. The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, gave the assurance yesterday at the 2016 Seed fair exhibition organised by the National Agricultural Seed Council in Abuja. […]

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We can feed Nigeria, rice farmers declare

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has assured the federal government that it output in one farming circle is enough to feed the country and more for the entire Sub Sahara Africa. Speaking during a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh,  the national president of the association, Aminu Goronyi,  […]

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Evaluating WAAPP innovative platform for employment generation

West Africa Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAPP Nigeria) commenced it operations in Nigeria some times back with the intention of sponsoring and disseminating innovative technologies to farmers as part of efforts to enhance their productivity, reduced post-harvest losses and increase food security, John Oba, in this piece looked at some innovations promoted by the projects. WAAPP-Nigeria […]

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Rice processor laments continuous smuggling

Rice Processors Association of Nigeria(RIPAN) has lamented the massive smuggling of rice into the country saying if not checked, will kill the huge investment of private sector stakeholders in the rice value chain. Speaking with Newsmen last Thursday, the Chairman,Abubakar Mohammed, said rice smuggling is a threat that must be checked or it will destroy […]

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Nigeria, Ukraine assured of profitable bilateral trade relations on agriculture

Stories by John Oba, Abuja Nigeria and the Republic of Ukraine has promised to foster a more profitable cooperation of bilateral trade relationship within both countries in agriculture. Both countries made the pledge recently when the Ukranian Ambassador His Excellency Dr.ValeriiAleksandruk and his team visited the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator […]