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Cocoa farmers petition Buhari over fake pesticides

November 29, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Cocoa farmers in Nigerian have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged distribution of fake farm inputs by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. The farmers alleged that the products that were distributed to cocoa farmers in the cocoa growing parts of the country adversely affected the growth and development of the crop when it was applied. In a letter dated Read More

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‘UN negotiating $5m to address herders, farmers’ crisis’

November 29, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Daniel Agbo Makurdi United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon, yesterday said the UN system was negotiating $5 million grant for “a pilot project to address the three critical dimensions of the herders and farmers’ crisis of protection, peace-building and the economic dimension.” Speaking at a one-day workshop on “The Role of the Houses of Assembly in the Implementation/Achievement Read More

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Lack of fertiliser causes poor ginger harvest – Shere farmers

November 27, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Shere, an agrarian village in Bwari area council of the FCT, is a village with huge numbers of young people between the ages of 15 and 40 engaged in farming. But failed government promises have heightened distrust. They relayed their ordeal toJOHN OBA. Youth farmers Shere farmers are majorly youth who engaged in farming maize, soybeans, beans, potatoes, ginger, yam Read More

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75% food produced in Nigeria wasted – UN

November 27, 2017 Moses John 0

By Moses John Abuja Regional coordinator, United Nations Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Richard Munang, has called on African governments to put in place mechanisms aimed at ending food wastage on the continent. Munanag, who made the call at the weekend at the National Day of Resilience and Food security in Nigeria in Abuja, said the continent would save up Read More

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First agric journalism masterclass opens in Abuja today

November 27, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Forty journalists from all sections of the country will join policy leaders in the agriculture sector from today for the National Agriculture Symposium in Abuja, according to a statement by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), organisers of the event. According to the statement, the symposium will offer a policy back drop for the journalists as they proceed Read More

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World’s food import bill on the rise – FAO

November 27, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in it Food Outlook report has stated that the cost of importing food has risen in 2017 to $1.413 trillion, a 6% increase from the previous year. This is even as prices of food commodity have been generally stable. The report published recently on it website, stated that the higher import bill is driven Read More

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FG, ICAT, launch climate change insurance roadmap for farmers

November 27, 2017 John Oba 0

Stories by John Oba The Nigeria in collaboration with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has launched an evidence- based insurance development roadmap for the agricultural sector with emphasis on small holder farmers. According to the Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Bukar Hassan the launch of the roadmap is critical considering the impact Read More

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Saving agric investment through strong anti-smuggling law

November 27, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Smuggling of agricultural products into Nigeria across the country’s land borders has become endemic and hinders Nigeria’s achieving food sufficiency and security and only proper implementation of the recent Senate anti-smuggling report recommendations can save agric investments. JOHN OBA writes. It is no longer news that one of the major bane of Nigeria economic development is the endless smuggling of Read More

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Dickson, CBN, others laud Mosilo Bayelsa Rice Outgrowers Scheme

November 25, 2017 Bode Olagoke, Abuja 0

Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson has praised Moses Siloko Siasia for initiating the Mosilo Bayelsa Rice Outgrowers Scheme, stressing that it will improve the economy of the state, create jobs and make the state a major player in the rice farming and processing industry in the country. The scheme, expected to create jobs for over 20, 000 people, is the Read More

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AFAN commends Buhari on agriculture

November 23, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for revitalising the agricultural sector through the various intervention programmes aimed at improving food security in the country. The body made this commendation in a communiqué at the end of its North east zonal meeting in Gombe. The communiqué, signed by its National Vice Chairman, Read More

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Kogi agric summit: Ogbeh tasks state govts on food security

November 21, 2017 Oyibo Salihu 0

By Oyibo Salihu Lokoja The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has charged state governments to tackle issues of food security from the perspective of citizens’ right to food in order to protect the lives of the people. Ogbeh, who made the call in Lokoja yesterday while speaking at the Kogi state maiden agricultural summit, 2017 with Read More

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Gombe assure timely distribution fertilisers to farmers

November 21, 2017 Auwal Ahmad 0

By Auwal Ahmad Gombe Gombe state Government has assured All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) of its commitment to procure tones of fertilizer and timely distribution to farmers in the state during dry season. The state Commissioner of Agriculture, Alhaji Dahiru Buba Biri disclosed this while speaking during the association’s zonal meeting in Gombe yesterday. He said agriculture has been Read More

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FADAMA, JICA train 30 rural women on rice processing

November 20, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

As part of efforts to empower women with affordable technology in agriculture across the value chains, the FCT FADAMA III Additional Financing and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) recently trained 30 local women on rice processing using the FALSE BOTTOM Rice Parboiling technology John Oba, reports. False Bottom Rice Parboiling Technology introduced by JICA is a system that allows the Read More

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West African agriculture market in focus at Agra Innovate

November 20, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigerian and international agricultural policymakers, agribusiness leaders, farmers, technologists and investors will gather to discuss the latest in agriculture in Nigeria and the whole of West Africa. The exhibition which will be holding at the Landmark Centre in Lagos is the fourth edition of the Agra Innovate West Africa expo, taking place from 21 – 22 November 2017. The exhibition Read More

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Youth invents automated farm factory

November 20, 2017 John Oba 0

Stories by John Oba A youth, Mr Matthews Ajibola Oluwatosin, has invented a multipurpose low cost self –Farming Cloud Computing (IoT) system for tropical farming and scalable automated precision farming computer and software package designed from the ground up with today’s technologies. Oluwatosin in a chat with Blueprint said the invention referred to as Farm Factory, makes agriculture effortless with Read More

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Poultry association gets new executive

November 20, 2017 John Oba 0

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 President North East, Prince Olabode Read More

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FCT farmers recount ordeals with the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ programme

November 20, 2017 John Oba 0

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 efforts to enhance agricultural industrialisation Read More

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Livestock dealers urge FG to reopen Chad, Cameroon borders

November 16, 2017 Sadiq Abubakar 0

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 on the federal government to Read More

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Oyo to donate 250,000 hectares of land to farmers

November 15, 2017 Agboola Bayo 0

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 state government’s efforts towards boosting Read More

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

November 13, 2017 John Oba 0

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 this year? I will want Read More

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KNSG spends N200m on seeds

November 13, 2017 Bashir Mohammed 0

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 announced. Ganduje made this known Read More

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Anti-Open Grazing Law: Meat scarcity hits Benue

November 11, 2017 Daniel Agbo 0

  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 toll on Benue state. Specifically, Read More

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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 Newspapers yesterday in Abuja said Read More

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Osun boasts of 563 hectares of cocoa plantation

November 9, 2017 Lateef Dada, Osogbo 0

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 to programmes that would improve Read More

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

November 6, 2017 Online Editor 0

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 to sensitize the farmers and Read More

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