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FG urges Brazil to include Nigeria in ‘More Food’ programme

Th e federal government through the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has sought the inclusion of Nigeria into Brazil More Food Programme, as a means to improving the nation’s agriculture. Th e Minister stated this when he received the Brazil Minister of External Affairs, Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, with his entourage in […]

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FG produces 25% input subsidy to 6.5m farmers – Ogbeh

As Nigeria joins other nations to celebrate the World Food Day (WFD), the federal government has said 6.5 million farmers have benefi ted from 25% input subsidy for fertiliser under the Growth Enhancement Scheme( GES). Th e Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made the revelation while briefi ng newsmen at the […]

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Govts, donors failing women farmers in climate change fight – Oxfam

By John Oba   Abuja Governments both local and internationals donors have been accused of neglecting women farmers from getting the resources they need to feed their families and communities and adapt to climate change. A statement by Oxfam Nigeria on policies and public investments in six countries exposes a sham in the rhetoric and […]

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Stakeholders proffer solution to farmers, herdsmen crisis

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz Yola Disturbed by incessant conflicts between herdsmen and farmers, mostly during harvest time, the Fulbe Development Association of Nigeria (FULDAN), has launched a sensitisation campaign to proffer solution to the crises. To achieve this, the group organised a one day North east zonal meeting in Yola to brainstorm on how to bring […]

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Ministry vows to ensure zero-rejection of Nigeria’s exports

By David Agba Abuja The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has embarked on aggressive nationwide advocacy to address the “culture of quality’’ in the agriculture sector. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made this known in Lagos at the Advocacy on Agricultural Quality Control and Standardisation in the South-West. […]

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360,000 youth get jobs through new scheme – Emefiele

About 360,000 jobs for Nigerian youth will soon be achieved through the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme, AADS, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor, Godwin Emefiele has said This was disclosed at the weekend to stakeholders at a meeting on the operational framework for the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme. The scheme was aimed at engaging […]

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Nigeria honey industry not fully exploited – Expert

By John Oba Abuja A honey expert and the Business Development and Sale Leader of Sehai Food Limited, Mr Segun Thomas, has lamented the slow development of the honey industry in Nigeria, saying it has lots of potentials in bee keeping business and has not been fully exploited. This is even as he also stated […]

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Kano is committed to agric development  –Commissioner

By Bashir Mohammed   Kano   Kano state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, has expressed the determination of the state government to support agricultural development. Speaking at the Nigeria Yield Wise Stakeholders Convening meeting yesterday, Gawuna, who said agriculture was Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s major priority, explained that the objective […]

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Rice farmers, millers set to crash price to N6,000

By John Oba Abuja– Th e Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria have promised to crash the price of rice to between N6000 and N7000 in the next few months once the government honours its promises and resolve the problems of rice smuggling across the borders. Th e […]

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We are investigating export of rotten yams to US – Ogbeh

The federal government would investigate the poor quality of consignment of yams exported to the United States of America, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, has said. Briefing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the minister said the ministry was mandated to carry out the […]

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FG plans dialogue on revival of agric marketing boards

He said the dialogue would enable agriculture stakeholders to discuss and analyse the impact and challenges of the boards during its operation with a view to deciding whether or not to re-establish them. The minister noted that the boards, while in existence, ensured that exported agricultural produce were not rejected at the international markets as […]

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Government must harmonise charges on agric equipment – Okpon

Managing Director and Chief Executive Offi cer, Goshenn Greenland, Mr David Okpon, in this interview with JOHN OBA, during the just concluded agrikexpo lamented the discrepancies in federal government’s and policies on importation of agricultural equipment, and calls for a reversal. Tell us about Goshenn? Goshenn Greenland, a representative of Lovol Arbos group, a Sino-Italian […]

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AGRA to lift up 9m Nigeria farmers from poverty with $30m

By John Oba Abuja Th e Alliance for Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA) has stated that part of it four year goals is to double the income of 9 million rural Nigerians farmers, saying $30 million has been set aside to support them. Th e Nigeria team leader and programme offi cer, Dr. Kehinde Makinde, […]

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Kebbi gov to farmers: Pay Anchor Borrower loan

Birnin Kebbi Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state has advised farmers who benefitted from ‘Anchor Borrower’ soft loan programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to payback what they owe, to ensure continuity. The governor gave the advice in an interactive session with newsmen, after the independence broadcast to the people at the […]

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Why agribusiness foreign investors shun Nigeria – Dangote

Stories by David Agba Abuja Th e insecurity across Nigeria especially the rising cases of kidnapping is the reason foreign investors in the agribusiness subsector are not coming to Nigeria, the Chief Executive Offi cer of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said. Mr. Dangote said this yesterday at the ongoing 6th edition of the 2017 AgrikExpo […]

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‘Non-payment of money owed SEEDAN may reverse gains in agric’

Good quality seeds are indispensable to higher yields in agriculture. But the current low quality seeds encouraged by the non-payment of the GES has enhanced fl ooding of the Nigerians agricultural sector with fake seeds which will reverse every gain in the sector made under this administration JOHN OBA, writes Th e prospects of the […]

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Groups drag FG to court over GMO permit

Seventeen Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have dragged the federal government before an Abuja Federal High Court, over permits issued by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) for GMO Cotton and GMO Maize in Nigeria. Th e groups in a document asked for the revocation of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) confi ned fi eld trial […]

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Grass breeding is a viable business – Sylva-Alade

Farming grass is now a viable and profi table business, according to the Chairman/CEO Divine Rewardn Service Limited, Uche Sylva-Alade, In this interview with JOHN OBA, he speaks on why he engages in grass farming for livestock farmers What makes this grass diff erent? Th ese grasses have high nutrients that help the cattle in […]

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LGs key to agric growth—ALGON

Nigeria can only develop through agriculture with the active involvement of the local government councils, the outgoing President of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Ibrahim Karaye, has said.   In a press statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the ALGON President noted that the development of the agricultural sector “is indispensable to national growth because it contributes about 24% of the nation’s […]

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NGO urges increased participation in agric

Founder of a multipurpose cooperative society, Ishiba Development and Empowerment Centre, Mrs. Elizabeth Praise, has urged Nigerians, especially those living at the grassroots, to embrace agriculture and make farming a priority in the nation’s quest to diversify the economy away from petroleum. Praise, who made the call in a chat with Blueprint at the weekend, […]

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Breaking: Buhari in Kaduna, commissions Nigeria’s largest integrated farm

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, September 12, joined Governor Nasir El-Rufai to commission Nigeria’s largest integrated animal feed mills, breeding farms and hatchery in Kaduna state. The OLAM farms has a storage facility of 50,000 metric tonnes estimated to sell 72,000,000 eggs and 52,600,000 day old chicks. The $150million project will employ 8,000 Nigerians through […]

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Farmers dare FG: Stop maize importation

Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Societies have asked the federal government to set a timeline to ban the importation of maize into the country. Th e group’s National Coordinator, Redson Tedheke, said this yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. According to him, the suspension of the import would protect […]

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Farmers urge FG to stop maize importation

Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society yesterday urged the federal government to set a time line to ban the importation of maize into the country. The group’s National Coordinator, Redson Tedheke, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the suspension of the import would protect local farmers and encourage […]

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AU ECOSOCC, GRC Motorsports partner on agric, mining city

Th e African Union, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC) Nigeria offi ce and GRC Motorsports limited while unveiling the blueprint for a city themed: “U-City, an agricultural and mining city expected to drive the achievement of the African Union Agenda 2063, revealed that agriculture, mining and tourism sectors are being adopted to be […]

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Oniha: New era at DMO

  Th e Nigerian economy is set to be exposed to a fresh chapter of growth and development that would be as challenging as it would be rewarding with the appointment of Ms. Patience Oniha Director-General of the Debt Management Offi ce (DMO). Ms. Oniha began her career at Icon Limited Merchant Bankers in 1986, during […]