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FCT farmers get N24m soybeans inputs

Th e Farmers Empowerment Association (FEA), Abuja, an umbrella body of the whole farmers cooperatives in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has distributed N24 million worth of soybeans inputs to it members for the planting season. Speaking with Blueprint during the distribution exercise at the Anon plaza, Gudu district, recently, the FEA President, Mr Obaje […]

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Lake Rice: More residents besiege sales centres

More Lagos state residents yesterday besieged the centres designated by the state government for the sale of Lake Rice as part of activities marking the forthcoming Eid el-Kabir celebrations.   The state government had last Thursday commenced the sale of the rice. 50kg of the rice is being sold for N12, 000, 25kg for N6, 000 and […]

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Osinbajo commissions Edo fertiliser plant today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will today commission the Edo state Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (ESFCCL) located in Auchi, Edo state.   This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie.   It stated that the vice-president would commission the NPK fertiliser […]

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…Regrets cocoa sector neglect

 President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed regrets over the neglect of the cocoa sector over the years, saying his administration would work to re-position it and other non-oil export commodities. Buhari said this yesterday at the First International Cocoa Summit organised by the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment in collaboration with Cocoa Association of Nigeria […]

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Ogbeh advises Uganda to reduce lending rates to farmers

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has advised the commercial banks in the Republic of Uganda to reduce their lending interest rates to farmers to encourage growth in the sector. Th e minister in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Information, Mrs Julie Osagie- Jacobs, made the call when a delegation […]

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CSOs raise alarm over introduction of GMO cassava by IITA

Th e Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), with 87 other civil society organisations (CSO) have raised the alarm over alleged plans by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the ETHZ laboratories of Zurich Switzerland to apply to carry out confi ned fi eld trial in Nigeria of cassava genetically modifi ed organism […]

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Irrigation is crucial to the agricultural development of any nation.

Repositioning irrigation agriculture for economic growth JOHN OBA writes on the recent decision of the federal government through the Ministry of Water Resources to reposition irrigation agriculture as the fulcrum of the nation’s economic development. And this understanding has in no small measure strengthened the commitment of most countries to the development of irrigation agriculture. […]

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Unity Bank boosts rural economy with NIRSAL Farmers Savings Account

In its eff orts to drive its strategic business focus on rural economy, Unity Bank Plc has developed a product called NIRSAL Farmers Savings Account . Th e product is specifi cally designed as a platform to execute a key aspect of the service level agreement for the NIRSAL UNITY BANK channel partnership to bank […]

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Lake Rice: Ambode lauded as govt sells at designated points

  Lagos state government yesterday commenced the sale of Lake Rice in designated centres as announced for the forthcoming Eid el-Kabir celebrations. In most of the sale centres visited, residents were seen queuing up and buying the item in orderly manner. 50kg of the rice was sold for N12, 000, 25kg for N6,000 and 10kg for N2500. […]

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NASC boss warns on unwholesome practices

Director-General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr. Philip Olusegun Ojo, has warned stakeholders in the seed industry against unwholesome practices, saying the Council “will bite those engaging in the production, packaging and selling of fake seeds.” Ojo gave the warning yesterday when the management of the Blueprint Newspapers paid him a courtesy call in Abuja. […]

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Nigeria missing out of global mango trade

Nigeria is a major mango producing country in the world where many countries with less endowment, are earn huge foreign exchange. FRIDAY AGBOSEINA writes on the passive attention this enjoys in the country. It is interesting to know that mango fruit is the key holding ther economy of some countries in the global trade arena […]

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‘Illegal activities cause lower fisheries output, revenue’

Th e fi sheries output in Nigeria currently falls far short of demand for fi sh, according to the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri because of the illegal activities of unlicensed fi shing companies. ”Our fi sheries requirement in this country is over 3 million metric tons, but what […]

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‘Nkaliki Hatchery Ebonyi still shadow after 43 years’

One of the foremost and largest poultry farms in the country, Nkaliki Hatchery located in Ebonyi state is now a shadow of itself after 43 years of its establishment. Th e Nkaliki Hatchery complex regarded as largest in South east was established in 1979 by Jim Nwobodo administration and covers about 36 hectares of land […]

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Rising global food prices driven by cereal, others–FAO

Th e Food and Agricultural Organisation’s (FAO) monthly Food Price Index for July has revealed that the high price which is the third consecutive month in July since January 2015 was driven mainly by higher cereal, sugar and dairy quotations. It stated this in a statement gotten from it website on Saturday that the monthly […]

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Nigeria’s rice production hits 15m tonnes — Offi cial

Local rice production in the country has now reached 15 million metric tonnes annually, the government has claimed. According to it, the development means the country will now be saving about N300 billion it used to spend annually on importation of the commodity. Director of Agriculture at the Kano offi ce of the Federal Ministry […]

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Plant trees to access oxygen, expert advises Kano residents

A senior lecturer with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bayero University, Kano, Dr. Aliyu Salisu Barau Chedi, has called on the residents of Kano metropolitan area to imbibe the culture of tees planting for the sake of accessing oxygen in their respective areas of accommodation. Speaking at the launch of City Innovation and Transformation of […]

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Economic growth: BCM to disburse N26 billion on Agriculture, SMEs

By Adeola Tukuru Abuja Th e Bankers Committee Meeting yesterday affi rmed that the sum of N26billion will be disbursed in the newly inaugurated board on Agriculture and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMES) to support the growth in the economy. Th e BCM comprising of all the banks across the country also said all […]

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FG to establish 15 more varsities of agric

By John Oba Abuja Th e federal government has stated its readiness to establish 15 more Universities of Agriculture across the country in the next two years, saying three Universities of Agriculture are too small for a population of 200 million. Th e Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh stated this yesterday […]

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FG assists Bauchi IDPs with 20, 000 tonnes of food items

By Najib Sani Bauchi Th e federal government has commenced the distribution of 20, 000 metric tonnes of food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bauchi state to ameliorate their suff erings. Minister of State for National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this on Monday when she and the Director-General of the National […]

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Ogbeh tasks Southern Kaduna on change

By Abubakar labaran Kafanchan Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has tasked the people of Southern Kaduna to shun all tendencies that will hinder actualising meaningful change in their lives. Audu gave the task on Saturday in Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state, while addressing representatives of diff erent associations and ethnics groups […]

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Ebonyi farmers decry lack of storage facilities

Jacob Ogodo Abakaliki Cassava production turns Ebonyi to an Industrial state; As farmers decry lack of storage facilities. Cassava production and processing along with dry season rice farming are fastly becoming ways of life in Ebonyi state following the astronomical increase in the price of garri in Abakaliki and environs. which to a large extent […]

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Chief Audu Ogbeh with Mr. Kehinde Odebunmi, CEO of PromisePoint Ltd  when he visite PromisePoint facility under construction

From right: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Ekiti State Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr. Kehinde Odebunmi, CEO of PromisePoint Ltd., Mrs. Bukola Farinde and Olu of Itapaji, Oba Adebanjo Abdulaziz Kareem, during the minister’s visit to PromisePoint facility under construction in Itapaji Ekiti recently.      

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FCT Fadama trains 3,300 farmers

Stories by John Oba Abuja As part of eff orts to enhance the federal government’s zero reject programme, the FCT FADAMA III addition fi nancing project has commenced another capacity building training for over 3300 farmers in rice, cassava and sorghum in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the 2017 rain fed farming season in […]

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Women task govt on increased for agric budget

By Najib Sani Bauchi Women farmers in Bauchi state have called on the state government to allocate at least 10 percent of its budget to agriculture in the 2018 fi scal year in order to revitalize the economy of the state as well as create wealth and jobs to the teeming unemployed citizens. Th e […]

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I don’t have Facebook account – Ogbeh

Th e Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has debunked having any Facebook account, saying any Facebook account attributed to him is fake. Th e minister in a statement signed by his Adviser, Media & Communications, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, said some impersonators have been defrauding Facebook users with the name and photographs. […]