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FAO forecasts increase for cereal production, stocks

The Food and Agriculture Organisations forecast of Cereal Supply and Demand Briefhas revealed that World cereal production for 2016 will amount to 2571 million tons, up marginally from FAO’s October forecast and 1.5 percent above the 2015 outputs The report revealed that the updated figure, released yesterday in the Brief reflects a substantial upgrade of […]

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FG, FADAMA train field officers on tuta absoluta containment

Stories by John Oba, Abuja The federal government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has collaborated with Fadama III Programme to organized a  capacity building  workshop on strategies for management and containment of Tuta Absoluta in Tomato production in Nigeria for field officers in the   19 northern states and the Federal Capital […]

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Vet doctors get new leaders

The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), at the weekend, has elected a new executive to run the affairs of the association for another two years. After the election, which was done during the association`s 53rd conference at Enugu, Dr. Godwin Abonyi defeated the incumbent president, Dr. Edgar Sunday who sought re-election for a second term. […]

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Olam farm targets 40,000 tonnes of paddy rice by 2017

As part of efforts to support Nigeria’s quest for rice self sufficiency by 2017, Olam Farm, producers of Mama Pride has scale up production to over 40,000mt of paddy rice annually. The farm has also increased the number of farmers in its outgrower scheme from the initial 3000 to 5000 to cultivate a total of […]

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Katsina fish farmers receive improved technologies

One of the major deficiencies of fish farming in Nigeria has always been the processing. In a bid to improve the processing, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) recently presented some new tools to the Katsina fish farmers. John Oba reports. The processing and preservation of fish are important, since fish is highly susceptible […]

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EU ban: WAAPP trains farmers on pesticide application

Stories by John Oba Abuja As the European Union (EU), continue to expand its ban on a number of agro-commodities from Nigeria which has led to rejection of several agricultural products due to pesticide residues, the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in partnership with National Environment Standards and Regulation Enforcement Angecy (NESTREA) has engaged […]

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FG to distribute 900m high yielding palm seedlings to farmers

The federal government is to distribute 900 million seedlings of high yielding palms to farmers in the coming weeks to boost palm oil production in the country. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh revealed this recently when the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development paid him a visit as part of […]

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Katsina develops Android App for farmers to monitor weather

As part of efforts to solve the problem of climate change, the Katsina State government in collaboration with The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET) has developed an android application for weather prediction and adaptation. The NIMET Android Weather Prediction Phone is designed to help farmers in the 34 local governments of the state know the weather […]

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Galma Dam to provide over one million jobs — Minister

Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has said the recently completed Galma multipurpose dam in Kaduna State is aside from its irrigation benefits, it is capable of providing job opportunities for over one million people living within its environs. A statement signed an information officer in the ministry, Mr. Attari Hope, said Adamu while […]

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Food security should be state responsibility – FAO

Government across the world has been urged to take food security and nutrition should be considered a public issue and a state responsibility. Speaking at a special event on the role of parliamentarians in the Zero Hunger Challenge held at FAO headquarters recentlyose Graziano d, the Director-General Ja Silva, also urged government to build strong […]

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World Food day: Food security in midst of climate change

Recent international commitments for action, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which Nigeria has assented to and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development both recognise the role of sustainable agriculture in addressing climate change, hunger and poverty especially in third world countries like Nigeria. Marking the 2016 World Food day in Abuja, stakeholders in […]

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FG set to distribute 900m high yielding palm seedlings to farmers

Stories by John Oba Abuja The federal government is to distribute 900 million seedlings of high yielding palms to farmers in the coming weeks to boost palm oil production in the country. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh revealed this recently when the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development paid him […]

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FG flags-off Graduate in Irrigated Agriculture Scheme in Kano

Stories by John Oba Abuja The federal government has flagged off the Graduate in Irrigated Agriculture Schemes (GIAS) program, at Kadawa Integrated farm in Kano State. GIAS, an empowerment initiative is aimed at training young graduates in various agricultural activities such as crop farming, aquaculture, dairy farming, animal husbandry for food processing and other sustainable […]

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WAAPP, Longa-Ewa farms to curtail post-harvest losses

Nigeria is one of the biggest producers of mangoes in the ECOWAS sub-region, but for lack of investment, records huge post harvest losses of over 40%. However, the recent intervention of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), efforts at reducing those losses have been set in motion amidst collaboration with companies like Longa-Ewa Lakes […]

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Vicampro potato coy to save $200m annually – NIRSAL

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna The Managing Director, Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Malam Aliyu Abdulhameed, has said that Vicampro Potato Processing Company, when operational will save Nigeria the sum of $200 million annually as import substitute for French fries, potato flakes and potato biscuits. Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony […]

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Malnourishment: 1.9bn overweight, 600m obese

Stories by John Oba Abuja The Food and Agricultural Organisation, (FAO),  has stated that world leaders would need to take action to build healthy and sustainable food system in order to end malnutrition as some 1.9 billion people are currently overweight, of whom 600 million are obese. The organisation further stated that some 159 million […]

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FG, Bayelsa farmers partner to boost foreign exchange

The federal government has stated its determination to collaborate with farmers across the country as part of efforts to boosting foreign exchange earnings. This will also serve to empower the private sector and youths for job placement and wealth creation. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, stated this when […]

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FG, WAAPP launch improved cassava stem

As part of efforts to boost agricultural productivity with improved inputs, the West Africa Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria) has commenced the distribution of improved varieties of cassava stems to farmers in Benue state, JOHN OBA, writes. In view of the importance of agriculture and the focus of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to diversify the […]

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Minister vows to withdraw all agric institutes from education ministry

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Nigeria, Iceland to increase trade exchange

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‘Govt’s support to agric industrialisation vital’

By David Agba Abuja The Director-General, African Centre for Supply Chain (ACSC), Dr. Obiora Madu, has said the government is taking steps to improve trade finance avalability to address the gaps in  agro industrialisation, growth and job creation. Speaking at the weekend, Madu said the pool of funds established by the government was to serve […]

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Agric’ll salvage recession – Njoku

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Issues in FG’s launch of Green Alternative on agric

The launch of the Green Alternative by federal government is meant to revive the agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy. It is also expected to serve as the fulcrum for economic diversification, but experts and stakeholders in the sector wonder if this would not go the way of other similiar policies. JOHN OBA writes. Vice […]

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TICAD 6: FG woos multinational investors

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Oyo partners Australia on agric, others

The new agriculture initiative of the Oyo state Government has received a boost with the proposed investment by an Australian agro-processing company, which has already acquired 50 hectares of land in the Oke Ogun area of the state. The new entrant had thus swelled the list of Australian companies that had entered into partnership agreements […]