Stakeholders unveil 5-year mechanisation plan for LGs

October 30, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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, is aimed to assess plan Read More

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‘We need phytosanitary certificate to export agric produce ‘

October 30, 2017 John Oba 0

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 the Yam Exporters’ stakeholders meeting Read More

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Nigeria and agric dimension of SDGs

October 27, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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, which is to end hunger, Read More

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Govt develops agribusiness policy guideline

October 26, 2017 Oyibo Salihu 0

… 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 the state Agriculture Vision Group Read More

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

October 26, 2017 Daniel Agbo 0

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 on the threats issued by Read More

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Quarantine service issues criteria for yam export

October 26, 2017 John Oba 0

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 Muhammadu Buhari ascent to the Read More

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FG urged to increase investment in agric

October 26, 2017 Benjamin Umuteme 0

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 to match its talk with Read More

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Institute proffers solution to food export

October 24, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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 applications in large quantity was Read More

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IFAD-CASP to empower 727,000 in 7 states

October 23, 2017 John Oba 0

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 concluded 10th National Agriculture Show, Read More

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Buhari commends AFDB boss, Adesina, over world food prize

October 19, 2017 Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Abuja 0

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. In a video message, the Read More

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Staff shut down Agric Research Council over allegations against Executive Secretary

October 19, 2017 Online Editor 0

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, 2016 to 31st March, 2017), and Read More

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2 cassava viruses coming, agency warns Nigerians

October 17, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

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 begomovirus and brown streak viruses. Read More

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

October 17, 2017 Amaechi Okwara 0

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 Food Day celebration with theme Read More

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World Egg Day: PAN laments 300% increased production cost

October 16, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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 Mr Onallo Akpa who spoke Read More

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

October 16, 2017 John Oba 0

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 this while fi elding questions Read More

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

October 16, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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 Abuja on Thursday. According to Read More

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

October 16, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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 2017 World Food Celebration, press Read More

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

October 16, 2017 John Oba 0

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 commitments by countries and donors Read More

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Stakeholders proffer solution to farmers, herdsmen crisis

October 9, 2017 Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz 0

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 peace and mutual respect between Read More

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

October 9, 2017 David Agba 0

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. The minister, who was represented Read More

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360,000 youth get jobs through new scheme – Emefiele

October 9, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

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 unemployed youths between the ages Read More

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Nigeria honey industry not fully exploited – Expert

October 9, 2017 John Oba 0

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 that honey industry in Nigeria Read More

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Kano is committed to agric development  –Commissioner

October 7, 2017 Donald Lorchir 0

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 of the meeting was to Read More

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

October 5, 2017 Blueprint 0

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 processors accused the Nigeria Custom Read More

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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 investigation. “I have been mandated Read More

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