Kano inaugurates c’ttee on agric development

May 9, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

Kano state government has inaugurated a 13 member Committee of State Project Monitoring Team on Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme. Inaugurating the committee, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, explained that the scheme which was initiated by the federal government was aimed at diversifying the economy, enhancing food security as well as Read More

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NAQS sensitise farmers on best agricultural practices for export

May 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), has commenced the training of farmers in Ainu/Oju Local Government Area, Benue State on good agricultural practices for export trade. The agency in a report at the weekend by the Dr. Gozie Nwodo, said it has identified the need to ensure farmers are properly guided on proper production technique from farm to fork. The Read More

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Kogi seeks pact with Synergos on agric productivity

April 26, 2018 Oyinbo salihu. Lokoja 0

Kogi state government has solicited the collaboration of Synergos Nigeria in collating the bio-data of authentic farmers in the state to enable them access credit facilities for enhanced agricultural productivity. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, made the appeal at the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) Core Delivery Team meeting on sustainable agriculture in Lokoja. Read More

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Body seeks private sector engagement in nutritious diets provision

April 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

With poor diets posing a great challenge to global health more than air pollution, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined, the private sector needs to play a stronger role in encouraging people to eat more nutritious food, according to a new policy brief launched recently. The brief by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition in partnership Read More

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Poultry products still in short supply – Popoola

April 23, 2018 John Oba. Abuja 0

The Chief Executive Officer, Filtop Long Yield Network Limited, Mr Femi Popoola has called for more investment in poultry products as local producers find it difficult to meet the demand for poultry products. In an exclusive interview with Blueprint, Popoola insisted that investors should take advantage of the opportunities provided to investors by his company as they are able to Read More

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Kabir Abiso: Boosting FG’s agric revolution

April 23, 2018 Awaal Gata 0

When President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the three-towered rice pyramids in Maiduguri, Borno state, it came as a surprise to many considering the activities of Boko Haram. AWAAL GATA examines how Kabir Abiso has been able to turn the insurgency-ravaged Borno into a rice-producing state. Prelude In the 1960s before Nigeria abandoned Agriculture for oil, it was one of the most Read More

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FAO establishes 3 stove production centers in Borno

April 18, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar. Maiduguri 0

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has established three fuel efficient stove production centres in Borno state to curtail felling of trees in the Sahara desert. It also trained about one hundred persons or workers in the production of fuel efficient stoves for the three centres that it has established in Maiduguri, Konduga and Jere LGAs of Borno state. The FAO Read More

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Agriculture, catalyst for economic growth, development – Expert

April 18, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

The Director, International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, Bayero University, Kano, Prof Binta Tijjani Jubril, has described agriculture as catalyst for economic growth and development as it remains the instrument for employment generation, poverty alleviation and food security. Speaking at a round table discussion on promoting agriculture through Islamic finance, opportunities, challenges and the way forward, held at the Read More

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Savouring Made-in-Nigeria agric tools

April 17, 2018 Binta Shama. Abuja 0

Agriculture is an essential sector in every society, whether developed or underdeveloped because food is a necessity to humanity. With agricultural tools, man can produce what he needs to be well-fed, clothed and as well-treated medically as noted by Josiah Sati Nyalwat, CEO of Nyalwat Technical Works Company, a Plateau State indigene. BINTA SHAMA had a chat with him. Importance Read More

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Agribusiness entrepreneurship, panacea for economic growth – Rector

April 17, 2018 Chidiebere Iwuoha 0

Deputy Provost, Federal College of Land Resources Technology, Owerri, Dr Jonah Marcylo Chukwu, has described Agribusiness Entrepreneurship as the only solution to Nigeria’s economic woes. In a lecture he delivered recently, titled “Agribusiness: An Engine for Economic Growth, Development and Stability in Nigerian Economy”, he advised the government to give it a trial and place the country on the path Read More

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‘Nigeria risks food insufficiency with farmers, herders ‘clashes’

Mr. Shedrack Madlion is the Chief Executive Officer of Safari 54 Integrated Farms in Kaduna; he is also an agricultural investor. In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA, he speaks on the farmers and herders’ clashes and their negative impact on the Nigerian economy, among other issues. Nigeria is faced with the challenges of incessant clashes between herders Read More

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IITA cassava weed management project trains 35 extension service providers in Benue

April 9, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

IITA-managed Cassava Weed Management Project in collaboration with the Building an Economically Sustainable Integrated Seed System for Cassava (BASICS) and Catholic Relief Services, have trained 35 extension service providers drawn from diff erent local government areas of Benue state on weed management in cassava farming systems. A statement signed by the Communication & Knowledge Exchange Expert Godwin Atser, recently said Read More

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Foundation distributes farm inputs to 1,200 farmers in Osun

April 3, 2018 Lateef Dada, Osogbo 0

A Non Governmental Organisation, Wale Bolorunduro Foundation, on Monday, kicked off distribution of farm inputs to 1,200 selected farmers in the 10 local governments of Osun East Senatorial District. The Chairman of the foundation, Dr. Adewale Bolorunduro, said the gesture was part of effort to complement the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government’s diversification agenda. Bolorunduro, who is the immediate past Commissioner Read More

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IFAD sets up seeds laboratory in Ebonyi

It has been identified that the major challenge encountered by Ebonyi state government in its agriculture program has been how to get good seeds for farming purposes. Considering this problems, the  International Fund for Agricultural Development -Assisted Value Chain Development Programme, IFAD-VCDP has constructed a fully equipped testing laboratory worth N20 million in the state. The issue according to the state Read More

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Shettima launches Borno rice pyramid

March 27, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar, Maiduguri 0

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has Tuesday launched first of its kind Rice Pyramid produced by over 18,000 Anchor Borrower Participating Farmers or beneficiaries in the state this year farming season. He also said that the program was a laudable tool that Borno state government had invested largely on youths and women to provide food for the people and Read More

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WorldFish to revolutionalise Nigeria fish sector through research

March 26, 2018 John Oba. Abuja 0

  Nigeria fisheries sector is bedeviled with lots of challenges, one of which is adopting new methods of fish management. However, this will be a thing of the past with the development of Worldfish Research Programme in Nigeria, JOHN OBA, writes. The fisheries and aquaculture subsector across the world is said to contribute to the livelihood of over 800 million Read More

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Researchers deploy app to combat pest in farming

March 21, 2018 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Researchers are already working on deploying a mobile app to address the effect of armyworm that has infested millions of hectares of crops- especially maize (a staple food) in Africa over the past two years. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the pest which is native to the Americas and now present in all but 10 Read More

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Disasters caused developing countries $96bn agricultural losses – FAO

March 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation in a new report revealed that natural disasters caused $96 billion loss in agric losses worldwide, writes JOHN OBA The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has stated that natural disasters in developing countries agricultural sector between 2005 and 2015 amounted to $96 billion. The figure, which was contained in a new Read More

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Cashew to farmers’ rescue in Kogi

March 17, 2018 Eleojo Idachaba 0

  If there is any aspect of agriculture that has touched the lives of farmers in Kogi state positively more than any other under the current dispensation, it is cashew plantation farming. ELEOJO IDACHABA, who was in the state recently, writes that despite the economic meltdown and unpaid salaries in the state, many are smiling to the banks. For David Read More

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Kaduna farmers fault FG on rice production

March 14, 2018 Moh Bello Habib. Zaria 0

  The Rice Farmers Association Nigeria, Zaria local government chapter has raised the alarm over alleged shoddy deals associated with the federal government RIFAN loan scheme. The chairman of the chapter, Malam Mohammed Lawal Jibril, faulted the scheme in an interview with journalists in Zaria, explaining that members of his chapter would pull-out from the scheme. He alleged that the Read More

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We Have Enough Agric Policies But A Lot Have Been Neglected… Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asserted that Nigeria have enough viable agricultural policies but the problem in Nigeria was that the good agricultural policies have been neglected. Obasanjo stated this during  his two day visit to Maiduguri, Borno state  Thursday and Friday in his capacity as the Initiator and Chairman of the Nigerian Zero Hunger  Strategic Forum. It was for Read More

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How IFAD empowered 7443 indigent persons in Ebonyi – Ituma

March 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

In an interview with EGWUAGHA AMARACHUKWU, the state coordinator of International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD, Mr Sunday Michal Ituma, explained how the donor organization recently empowered about 7443 indigent persons in Ebonyi state, among other schemes International Fund for Agricultural Development -Assisted Value Chain Development Programme IFAD- VCDP has demonstrated that improvement of a state or country economy does Read More

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Kebbi aerial-sprays farmlands

February 27, 2018 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

Birnin Kebbi Kebbi state government has awarded a N40 million contract for the seasonal spray of quelea birds and rodents that caused nightmare to the teeming rice farmers and reduced harvest at the end of every farming season. Fagging off of the activity at the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe Dabai, and Read More

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Ashaka Cement to introduce all-year round agric in Gombe

February 26, 2018 Auwal Ahmad 0

Gombe In order to tackle youth unemployment and enhance the economy of their host communities, Ashaka Cement, a subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim Group, has concluded plans to introduce sustainable all-round agriculture in Gombe state. Managing Director of the company, Malam Rabiu Umar, disclosed this at Ashaka Cement factory in Funakaye local government area of the state, yesterday while briefing journalists Read More

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Rice farming: Kebbi’s new goldmine

February 24, 2018 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

Rice cultivation has not just put Kebbi state on the agricultural map of Nigeria, but has also created jobs, attracted investments and made farmers millionaires as KABIRU DOGON DAJI reports When President Muhammadu Buhari met with members of the business community during Ramadan fasting in June 2016, he complained openly about the nation’s lack of self-sufficiency. Nigeria, he had told Read More

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