NASC staff trained on GMONASC staff trained on GMO seed detection seed detection

February 27, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja The Nigeria Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has commenced the training of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) scientists on the detection of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) seeds. Declaring the training open at NABDA centre recently in Abuja, the director General, NASC, Dr, Philip Ojo who was represented by the director Seed Coordination, Mr. Joseph Omole, Read More

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FG inaugurates NTWG on GAP standard

February 27, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The federal government has inaugurated a National Technical Working Group (NTWG) for the development of Global Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) Standard in Nigeria. Speaking with the 61 members working group, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, said it is pertinent to state that all agriculture and food value chain actors need sustainable access to Read More

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Agric seeds council sensitises sellers

February 27, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

As efforts to shift Nigeria’s revenue focus from crude oil to non-oil ventures, particularly agribusiness intensifies, the nation’s Chief Seeds Inspector and Director General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philips Olusegun Ojo led a team of seed inspectors to flag off the nationwide campaign at Ibadan, Oyo State during the week. Officers of the Council at Iwo road, Ogunpa, Read More

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FAO scaling up assistance for IDPs

February 27, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Buoyed by the prospect of restarting life through agricultural livelihoods, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North East Nigeria are returning to farms supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Under the ongoing Restoring Agricultural Livelihoods of IDPs, Returnees and Vulnerable Host Families in North East Nigeria project, FAO is reaching 174 400 people with Read More

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, after the meeting of the National Rice and Wheat Production Task Force

February 21, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

From left: Governors Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, after the meeting of the National Rice and Wheat Production Task Force, at the State House, in Abuja yesterday Photo: Sadiq Alh. Aliyu  13Shares13     

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Quarantine service, first line of defense at seaports – Isegbe

February 20, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The National Coordinating Director, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr. Vincent Isegbe in this interview with JOHN OBA, among other issues says the Service should be the first defence line, if the nation’s agricultural produce is to enjoy proper patronage at the international market.   What has the service done so far in preventing pests from our agriculture? The primary mandates Read More

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Agric institutions as bedrock of devt

February 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The place of research and technological innovation cannot be over emphasized in modern agricultural development of any nation. Statistics has shown that agricultural research currently reduces the number of poor by 2.3 million or 0.8% annually. JOHN OBA writes. While it is widely recognized that agricultural research is a key driver of broad-based technological change in agriculture that benefits the Read More

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FG to grow economy, boost fish sector

February 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja The federal government has reaffirmed its determination and commitment to boost the fish sector in the agricultural value chain programme.  This is in order to achieve the diversification of the economy and increase home grown food production, self-sufficiency and food security. The Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri made this statement when he Read More

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••• Inaugurates river basin management

February 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The federal government has inaugurated the management of the 12 River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA). Inaugurating the management team of the RBDA recently in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu charged the newly inaugurated managing directors and top management of the basins to avoid politics in the discharge of their duties and uphold professionalism, Adamu tasked the Read More

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2016/2017 dry season farming flags off

February 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The federal government has flagged-off the distribution of farm inputs via the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) under the 2016/2017 dry season farming and Wet Season Farming. Flagging off the ceremony in Kano, the Minister of State for Agriculture Senator Heineken Lokpobiri said that they were in Kano to flag-off the dry season farming activities because Kano is a leading Read More

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FAO food price index rebounds, approaching 2-year high

February 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied. According to the report the price averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 percent above its 2016 January Read More

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FAO evolves strategies against hunger in North-east

January 30, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

The impact of insurgency in the North-east has been devastating with many dead and millions displaced. The federal government has solicited and got assistance aimed at rebuilding the region. JOHN OBA, writes on Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) 2017 plans for the region. No doubt the rebuilding of the north east is gathering momentum with the target of N2.13 trillion Read More

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Agric fared well in 2016, kept faith on rice – Ogbeh

January 30, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Although agriculture was up against diverse obstacles in 2016, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has expressed determination to ride out the storm in 2017 by embarking on many ambitious projects. This viewpoint was made known by the Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh at the inauguration of the National Council on Privatisation steering committee on the restructuring and re-capitalisation Read More

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FG holds strategic retreat on ‘Green Alternative’

January 30, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with Synergos, a global non-profit organisation that fights poverty and its effects, has held a 2-day strategic retreat for directors in the ministry to unlock institutional effectiveness for the new agriculture sector roadmap – the Green Alternative. The strategy retreat discussed options and provided guidance on Read More

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… Expresses fear over metal poisoning

January 30, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Worried by increasing incidents of metal poisoning in the country, the federal government has advocated the use of stainless steel grinding machines. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, speaking at a public presentation of the machine prototype in Abuja recently, said the new innovation will replace the conventional metal grinding machines mostly used by commercial  millers. Read More

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Deepening nutrition through agriculture

January 16, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 and capacities to facilitate a Read More

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2016 records low food prices

January 16, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 1

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, where production was impacted by Read More

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FG re-launches cocoa producing revitalisation

January 16, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 committee on the re-launch of Read More

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I will support agenda 2060 on agric if… – Obiora

January 9, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 of poverty.  Why do you Read More

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North-east: ECOWAS, others charged on food crisis

December 19, 2016 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 reports Stakeholders at the just Read More

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Seed council reconstitutes biosafety committee

December 19, 2016 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 consumption of genetically engineered agricultural Read More

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FG urges herdsmen/farmers reconciliation

December 19, 2016 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said Read More

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…To launch N10bn agric environmental impact fund

December 19, 2016 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 organizing the event, said the Read More

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FADAMA targets 30,000 hectares of dry season rice farming

December 12, 2016 Muhammed Adamu 0

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 2017 seem to be coming Read More

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