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Poultry association gets new executive

By John Oba Abuja Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has elected new executives to run it affairs for the next two years. In a keenly contested election held in Abuja saw Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim Mam emerged as the national president while Mrs Fati Danladi was elected Vice president North Central, Mallam Yusuf Ibrahim Gombe, Vice […]

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FCT farmers recount ordeals with the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ programme

Farmers across the FCT here recount their ordeal under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) and urge the government to intervene. John Oba reports. Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in line with its developmental function established the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of […]

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Livestock dealers urge FG to reopen Chad, Cameroon borders

By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri Chairman of the Borno state council of Livestock Dealers Association (LDA), Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, has appealed to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies at the Chad and Cameroun borders to, as a matter of public importance, reopen all the borders or allow livestock importation into the state. He also called […]

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Oyo to donate 250,000 hectares of land to farmers

Agboola Bayo Ibadan Oyo state government yesterday declared that about 250,000 hectares of arable land has been earmarked for farming as agricultural zone for the use of farmers in the state. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prince Oyewumi Oyewole, made this known while speaking on a radio programme in Ibadan on the […]

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FCTA agric director, FADAMA defraud our farmers over N15m –FEA president

Obaje Omobolaji David is the President, Farmers Empowerment Association (FEA) in Abuja, in this interview with JOHN OBA, he laments the rate at which civil servants from the FCTA agric secretariat and other agencies frustrate proper implementation of government policies on agriculture for FCT farmers. What is your analysis of the achievement of FCT farmers […]

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KNSG spends N200m on seeds

By Bashir Mohammed Kano Kano state government has purchased and distributed seeds worth N200 to tomato farmers in the state, according to the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Aside other interventions, “Kano state government has so far spent over N200 million to produce tomato seeds, to be distributed to farmers for free”, the governor […]

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Anti-Open Grazing Law: Meat scarcity hits Benue

  From the conception of the bill to its passage, including signing it into law, the Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches Law(2017) has been trailed by controversy. The law, according to the state government, was enacted to curb the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen which have taken so much human and material […]

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GEBSL supports rice farmers with N5bn equipment

By Benjamin Umuteme and Binta Shama Abuja In a bid to boost rice farming in Nigeria, Global Exhibition and Business Services Limited (GEBSL), is set to support rice farmers with over N5 billion worth of equipment. The Managing Director of the organisation, Alhaji Bawa Garuba, who disclosed this when he visited the Headquarters of Blueprint […]

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Osun boasts of 563 hectares of cocoa plantation

As part of efforts to improve agricultural production, Osun State Investment Company Limited, OSICOL, has successfully planted 563 hectares of cocoa plantation. The state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji, disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital, during an interaction with journalists on Thursday. According to Oyebamiji, the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, was dedicated […]

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Taraba to enforce anti-grazing law January 2018 – Gov Ishaku

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state said on Monday that Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment which was signed into law in July this year would take effect in January 2018. The governor said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. “Two panels were set up […]

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Stakeholders unveil 5-year mechanisation plan for LGs

Groups of stakeholders in the agriculture sector have launched a Comprehensive Local Agricultural Plan (C-PLAN) under which agro equipment centres will be set up in each local government to enable farmers hire same at lower price. C-LAP, an integrated and participatory action plan for the development of local government areas in agriculture and allied sector, […]

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‘We need phytosanitary certificate to export agric produce ‘

By John Oba The Chairman, Nigerian Yam Export Programme, Professor Simon Irtwange has called for reduction in the number of regulatory agencies claiming relevance on exportation of agric produce. He said the only requirement for export is the phytosanitary certificate issued by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS). Irtwange stated this at the end of […]

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Nigeria and agric dimension of SDGs

The Paris convention held 2015, has set aside some goals that need to be achieved by 2030 for sustainable development of the world, and referred to as sustainable development goals (SDG). These goals were seventeen in number, as described by the conveners of the convention. The second goal is directly related to the agricultural production, […]

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Govt develops agribusiness policy guideline

… By Oyibo Salihu   Lokoja Kogi state government in collaboration with Synergos Nigeria under the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) has developed a policy strategy guideline draft document to drive agribusiness, investments and economic diversification initiative. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Isah Ochepa, disclosed this at the monthly meeting of […]

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Anti-open grazing law: Nobody can dictate to me – Ortom

By Daniel Agbo Makurdi With barely one week to the implementation of anti open grazing law, Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday said no forces from outside the state could dictate to him when or whether to implement the law or not. Ortom, who made this position known in Makurdi while responding to a question […]

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Quarantine service issues criteria for yam export

By John Oba Abuja Following controversies that trailed the recent yam export, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) said it is set to roll out criteria for the exportation of yam. The Coordinating Director, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, stated this yesterday during a press briefing to address NAQS’ part in the yam saga. Isegbe said once President […]

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FG urged to increase investment in agric

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Popular Hollywood actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo has called on the federal government to increase investment in agriculture as it would stop rural-urban migration by youths in search of greener pastures. Mr. Kanayo, who said this in a chat noted that despite the government’s talk of diversifying the economy, it has failed […]

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Institute proffers solution to food export

The Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology, NIFST, yesterday warned farmers against using fertiliser, pesticides, herbicides on produce for export. The Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the institute, Sunday Bamgbose, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Mr. Bamgbose said that the era of pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser […]

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IFAD-CASP to empower 727,000 in 7 states

By John Oba Abuja International Food and Agriculture Development (IFAD), Climate Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP), National Programme Coordinator, Mr. Muhammed Idah, has revealed that the organisation as commenced the empowerment of 727,000 direct farmers in seven northern states. Idah stated this recently in an interview with Blueprint on the sideline of the just […]

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Buhari commends AFDB boss, Adesina, over world food prize

President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday that Nigeria remains proud of its former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for winning the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Adesina, who is the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), was presented the $250,000 prize and Laureate sculpture at a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol, United States. […]

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Staff shut down Agric Research Council over allegations against Executive Secretary

Staff of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) have shut down the national office complex in Abuja for over a week demanding the immediate vacation from office of its Acting Executive Secretary, Prof. Ambrose Voh Jnr over what they described as abuse of office, gross incompetence, completion of approved one year secondment from (1st April, […]

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2 cassava viruses coming, agency warns Nigerians

West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE), the body in charge of addressing diseases of root and tuber crops, yesterday raised the alarm over two emerging cassava diseases in Nigeria. Executive Director of WAVE, Justin Pita, at the second annual general meeting of stakeholders from the West African sub-region in Abuja, identified the two new diseases as […]

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World Food Day: Delta registers 41,000 farmers for CBN loans

By Amaechi Okwara Asaba Delta state government yesterday said over 41,000 farmers in 463 cooperatives across cassava, rice, and fisheries enterprises were registered for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor borrowers programme in the state. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Austin Chikezie, who stated this in Asaba, the state capital, during this year’s World […]

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World Egg Day: PAN laments 300% increased production cost

Th e Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has lamented the continuous high cost of production, saying the cost of grains has risen to over 300% without commensurate increase in the end products. Th e association also called for the institutionalisation of egg a day per school in home grown school feeding program. Th e Director-General […]

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World Food Day: We may stop production in 2018 if. – AFAN

By John Oba,   Abuja   As Nigeria joins the World to celebrate the 2017 World Day, farmers have threatened to stop production by 2018 as a result of the low prices they are currently experiencing and unbridled importation of agric produces. Th e President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabiru Ibrahim, stated […]