President Buhari Broadcasts To The Nation 2018

FG introduces Phygital value chains technology to small scale farmers

February 12, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The federal government has concluded arrangement to introduce Phygital Value Chains technology to small holder farmers in the country as part of efforts to further mechanise agriculture and boost the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the current administration, At a well attended event by key Stakeholders in the sector and officials of the Ministry recently, Manobi Incorporation Ltd, Read More

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No need for anti-grazing law in Kogi – Bello

February 12, 2018 John Oba 0

  Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has stated that the state has no need of anti-grazing law as the cattle colonies embark upon will make grazing outside the designated area unnecessary. Bello who stated this on Friday during a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, where he declared that the state has enmarked 15000 Read More

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Some cooperatives are established for personal gains – CFAN CEO

February 12, 2018 John Oba 0

Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Financing Agency of Nigeria (CFAN), Mr Emmanuel Atama, in this interview with JOHN OBA, behaves some Cooperatives in the country are pseudo cooperatives established for personal gains. What is the operation of your organisation? The National Cooperative Financing Agency of Nigeria (CFAN) by the cooperative structure in Nigeria is the apex institution Read More

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Edo plans 150,000 hectares for oil palm plantation

February 9, 2018 Patrick Ahanor 0

  Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state yesterday said the state was ready to commit between 100,000 to 150,000 hectares of land to the cultivation of oil palm plantations over a period of “five to 10 years.” Obaseki disclosed that his administration was determined to expand the total land available for oil palm cultivation in the state from the current Read More

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6,040 Jigawa youths screened for rice production

February 9, 2018 By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse 0

Jigawa state technical committee on the implementation of commodity farming has screened 6,040 youths to be engaged in dry season rice farming in the state. The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Kabiru Ali, announced this during a meeting with members of the committee and stakeholders at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday. He said, already, 17 local areas Read More

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Aregbesola worried as herders invade Osun, destroy farmlands

February 8, 2018 Lateef Dada, Osogbo 0

Osun state government has expressed worries over the influx of herdsmen and subsequent destruction of farmlands by their cattle in the state. The fear arose from the council meeting where the report of nomadic herdsmen who were said to be destroying farms was received. A statement by Media Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Mr. Sola Fasure, said that the council Read More

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CBN Anchor Borrower Commences Rice Milling, Target’s 11,000 Metric Tonnes in Borno

February 5, 2018 Sadiq Abubakar , Maiduguri 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, which cultivated  3,176 hectares of land for rice production in Borno State through the anchor borrower’s programme has commenced the milling and processing of the commodity. Chairman of the  Kalef Investment Limited company, Alhaji Abba Kale, disclosed this in a statement issued in Maiduguri. He said that the initial target of the company was Read More

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NIRSAL sets up PMRO to monitor farmers under ABP

January 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture (NIRSAL) has inaugurated the Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Office (PMRO) to support farmers registered under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). The Managing Director of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed in a statement recently added that the PMRO office will be set up in 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Read More

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Cassava farmers assure of increased production

January 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA) says cassava farmers in the country have concluded plans to produce an additional two million tonnes of cassava to meet industrial demands in this year’s farming season. The National President, NCGA, Mr. Segun Adewumi, according to AgroNigeria, an online magazine, stated this in Abuja, saying the move would require the cultivation of additional 100,000 hectares Read More

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Ogbeh condemns farmers, herdsmen clash, calls for prayers

January 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has condemned the recently killings across the country saying clashes between herdsmen and farmers must be tamed. This is even as he called for prayers for God’s intervention. A statement signed by a senior officer, in the information department of the MInistry, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa, Read More

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Our organic products aimed at bridging gaps – Omobude

January 8, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Managing Director, G&G Organic Products and Investment Ltd., Mrs. Suzan Omobude, in this interview with JOHN OBA, says her products are meant to bridge the gap between chemically formulated products and purely natural products. She also raises concerns over the challenge NAFDAC registration procedures poses, saying it is de-motivating for entrepreneurs. What motivated you to venture into manufacturing of Read More

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Farmers seek increased government support to boost production

January 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja A coalition of Farmers under the aegis of Zero Hunger Commodities (ZHC), have called for increased support from the Federal Government to enable farmers to engage in massive food production across the country. Speaking in Abuja after a meeting of the group, its National Coordinator, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin, said that the government was unwilling to commit Read More

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NPDC 2015 liabilities to FG stood at $1.5bn, N78bn –NEITI

January 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Benjamin Umuteme Abuja Nigeria’s oil and gas industry audit for 2015 has shown that Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC), reduced its legacy liabilities from $1.45 billion and N80 billion in 2014 to $757 million and N68 billion in 2015. Despite clearing its legacy debts, the NPDC incurred liabilities of $822 million and N9.6 billion in 2015, bringing its total Read More

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FG secured over $2bn World Bank Agric Support in 9 year s– Agronature

January 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Stories by John Oba Abuja Investigation by the Agronature Nigeria, an online medium on World Bank financing of Nigeria’s Agriculture sector has revealed that over $2 billion ($2,065,300,000) worth of agricultural projects financed by the global bank in the country between 2008 and 2017. The projects were approved for execution intermittently within a 9 year period. However, indications have shown Read More

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Assessing the agric sector in 2017

January 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 1

The agriculture sector in 2017 witnessed a lot of strides and investment, thus contributing considerably to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, this is not without its shortcoming, especially as the Ministry couldn’t accomplish some of it’s goals, JOHN OBA, reports. For many in Nigeria, 2017 was the year of Agriculture revolution, especially for the big time farmers as Read More

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No waivers on fish importation – Lokpobiri

December 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen Heineken Lokpobiri, has warned that the government will not grant waivers on fish importation. Lokpobiri gave the warning on the sidelines of the just concluded 10th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Committee for West and Central Gulf Guinea, (FCWC), in Abuja, The Minister explained that rather, the government allocates quota Read More

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FG to procure two vessels to fight illegal fishing

December 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

  Stories by John Oba Abuja   The federal government is set to purchase two monitoring vessels to curb unregulated fishing and boost security on the waterways. This is even as Nigeria paid the sum of $200,000 to the Committee for West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) with a promise to settle the outstanding amount. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Read More

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FAO empowers IDP returnees with dry season inputs, livestocks

December 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

As IDP returnees in the North East troop back to their communities, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has commenced the process of helping them to build back their lost livelihood, JOHN OBA, reports It is no news that Agriculture is the backbone of the North East where over 80 per cent of those that live in that region are Read More

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ECOWAS leaders urged to protect women against land grabbing

December 20, 2017 Blueprint 0

Leaders of the ECOWAS members states have been called upon to resolve the problem of women right to land ownership saying despite many promises the issues remain unresolved. Addressing journalists on Land Rights for African Rural Women on Friday, the Chairperson, Pan African Rural Women Assembly, Mrs. Ejim Lovelyn Nnenna, said ECOWAS policy makers should address the problems of women Read More

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Bayelsa set to ban open grazing by cattle

December 12, 2017 Emmanuel Joy, Yenagoa 0

Bayelsa House of Assembly on Tuesday held a Public Hearing on a bill seeking to prohibit open grazing of cattle in the state. The bill entitled “Cattle Breeding, Rearing, Marketing, Regulation and Control 2017 was sponsored by the Leader of the House, Hon. Peter Akpe, representing Sagbama Constituency 1. The public hearing held at the conference hall of the Assembly Read More

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We’ve never benefited from Anchor Borrowers Scheme – Village head

December 11, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Smallholders farmers are, according to statistics, the backbone of Nigerian agriculture. But findings show that these farmers achieved this feat through personal efforts, as most government programmes in the sector hardly get to the rural areas where majority of the smallholders farmers lives.JOHN OBA, who visited Igu village in Bwari area council of the FCT, writes GESS and ABP The Read More

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We’ll post some corps members to farms –Coordinator

December 11, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Stories by John Oba The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Coordinator Mr. Ballama Bello Birmiwa, has stated that the 2017 batch ‘B’ stream II corps members will be posted to farms as part of efforts to encourage them to key into the present government agricultural drives. He also warned that the scheme will no longer tolerate Read More

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FG subsidises farmers’ insurance by 50% – Official

December 5, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) has stated that the federal government was subsidising farmers’ insurance in the agricultural value chain by 50 per cent. Managing Director of NAIC, Folashade Joseph, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the Corporation. “We want to use this opportunity to encourage farmers to embrace insurance. Government has subsided insurance Read More

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Legion to govs: Give us land for farming

December 5, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin Nigeria Legion has asked governors to allocate lands to the Corps to enable it to venture into farming as a means of empowering members. It stated that such land would be used for agricultural purposes, including agro-allied businesses, farming, fishing, poultry and other agric-related businesses that would help them to make ends meet. The Legion’s Read More

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Jigawa NDE trains 30 on poultry

December 1, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Bayo Alabira Dutse Jigawa coordinator of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Alhaji Abubakar Muhammed Jamo, has said 30 persons have been selected for training and empowerment on poultry production across the state. Jambo disclosed this while flagging off the programme at the Agricultural Skills Training Centre (ASTC), Karneya village in Dutse local government area of the state. He Read More

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