FG set to partner ABU on economic diversification through agriculture

October 24, 2021 Moh Bello Habib, 0

The federal government is set to partner with Institute of Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as part its drive to diversify the economy through agriculture.  The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Evelyn Ingige dropped the hint at Screenhouse and Field organise by the institutes designed to showcase its researches at the weekend. She said Read More

Nigeria loses N38trn to climate change – ActionAid

October 15, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

ActionAid Nigeria Director of Resource Mobilization and Innovation Andrew Mamedu, has said that Nigeria loses its 2 years budget amounting to N38 trillion to climate change.  Mamedu who stated this on Friday at the launch of the Earth walk campaign in commemoration of the International Day of Rural women, explained that on the Economic front in April 2026, Foreign, Commonwealth and Read More

2021 WFD: Invest in livestock, horticulture, fisheries minister urges entrepreneurs

October 14, 2021 John Oba 0

As stakeholders in the agricultural sector continue day two activities of 2021 World Food Day, entrepreneurs and investors in Nigeria has been urged to invest in livestock, horticulture, fisheries and others to take Nigeria into self-sufficiency, food security, rich nutrition, and wealth creation along various value chains. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, stated this on Read More

Buhari signs agric research council bill, 2 others into laws

October 9, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (Amendment) Bill 2021 to boost agricultural activities in the country. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja. He explained that the president signed the bill in consonance with the commitment of his Read More

Synergos Nigeria partners Swiss FCE group to digitise agric sector

October 4, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

Synergos Nigeria, an international non-governmental organisation has entered into partnership with FCE Group AG, a Swiss blockchain company, to develop and implement digital product to drive significant structural changes in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Country Director of Synergos Nigeria Mr Victor Adejoh, who disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Lokoja said the partnership is aimed at addressing the lingering food Read More

Breaking: Buhari orders Twitter back if…speaks on COVID-19, agriculture, insecurity, others *Read President’s full speech on Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary

October 1, 2021 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a conditional lifting of ban on micro-blogging site, Twitter. Buhari who disclosed this during his broadcast on Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday.The President also spoke on other crucial National issues. Read his full speech… INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY Read More

ActionAid, BCGs call for improved budgetary allocation for agriculture

September 30, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

Civil Society Oranisations (CSOs) have called on federal, states and legislatures at all levels to scale up public investment in agriculture. They urged them to ensure timely consideration, passage and total budget releases as a strategic approach to increase food production, reduce hunger and poverty in order to achieve the 10 percent Maputo/Malabo budgetary commitment to agriculture. They stated this Read More

Anambra 2021: Etiaba, Ozigbo, 3 other guber candidates reel out campaign promises

September 25, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

Ahead of Anambra State November 6 poll, the governorship candidate of Action Alliance (AA), Chief Ben. Etiaba, has vowed that his administration would fix all abandoned projects in the state if elected. Etiaba, who is son of the state first female governor, Dame Virgy Etiaba, disclosed this, weekend at a governorship debate organised by Kwechiri N’oganiru Anambra, a social political Read More

AfCFTA’ll enhance Africa’s agribussiness, trade – Asue Ighodalo

September 23, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The Chairman of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Asue Ighodalo has said that the recent endorsement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by African countries will impact positively on the agricultural sector and trade on the African continent. Ighodalo said this in Lagos while addressing participants at the opening of the 4th edition of the Agriculture Summit Africa (ASA) Read More

RAAMP project: Coordinator canvasses women involvement in road works

September 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Coordinator of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), Eng. Aminu Bodinga Mohammed has made a case for women engagement in road construction and maintenance along RAAMP project corridors in the states. Engineer Mohammed said this at a two-day capacity building on gender mainstreaming held in Abuja recently. A statement by RAAMP development communication officer, Amadi Vivian Read More

FCTA begins update of farmers’ database for improved agriculture

September 22, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

As part of measures to address specific areas of need towards the provision of effective and robust agricultural support, particularly in the aspects of input and extension services, the FCT Administration has begun the process of updating database of farmers and all agriculture-related institutions in the territory. FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who made this disclosure at Read More

Sule donates 50 hectares of land to NASENI for AMEDI

September 12, 2021 Binta Shama 0

The Nasarawa state government is vigorously complementing President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to launch six additional agricultural development institutes across the federation, to steer Nigeria’s agricultural sector in the direction of mechanisation and technology innovations. Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, who announced this to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), recently donated about 50 hectares of land Read More

ICD, Jaiz Bank sign $25m deal to support SMEs in Nigeria

September 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Islamic Corporation for Development (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, Ayman Sejiny, and the Managing Director and CEO of Jaiz Bank-Nigeria, Hassan Usman, signed a $25 million Shariah-compliant line of financing agreement to support SMEs in Nigeria, including those adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of Read More

Jaiz Bank gets $25m SMSEs financing support from Islamic Corp

September 6, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

Jaiz Bank Plc gets a $25 million shariah-compliant line of financing (LOF) from Islamic Corporation for the Development (IsDB) of the private sector to support small and medium scale enterprises in Nigeria, the group said in a statement today. According to the statement, Ayman Sejiny, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Read More

Gidado clears misgivings about GMOs as Blueprint partners OFAB

August 27, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has raised concern over Nigerians’ attitude towards Genetically Modified Organisms produces, saying Science is being misunderstood. This is even as NABDA and Open Forum On Agricultural Biotechnology in Nigeria (OFAB) has indicated interest to partner Blueprint Newspaper in educating Nigerians on the benefits of science. The Country Coordinator, OFAB Nigeria chapter, Dr. Rose Suniso Read More

No money to buy food in Nigeria, Buhari’s Minister admits

August 23, 2021 John Oba 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has has raised concern over the low purchasing power of Nigerians, saying unemployment is Nigeria’s biggest challenge not food insecurity as Nigeria’s food production has improved and gained international recognition. Nanono said the country may produce enough food to eat but people still sleep with hunger because they do not Read More

Unsustainable agric practices hampering global food production – Expert

August 22, 2021 John Oba 0

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Ernest Aubee, has expressed concerns over the broken global food production system saying it is destroying food production system. Dr. Aubee stated this during a group presentation to a Journalists platform ‘Go Organic’ on the topic: ‘Importance of Ecological Organic Agriculture Policies in the Transformation of West African Agriculture” recently. He said the current Read More

How I started vegetable business with N2,000- Trader recount‎s 

August 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

Madam Arafat Omale 53, who hails from Kogi state and sells Vegetable at Garki market is generating serious cash-flow from selling vegetable and other condiments. Adeola Tukuru reports. Madam Arafat, who started in 2014 with just one basket of vegetable at her disposal is now able to supply to markets around her area. ‎ While recounting to Business Starter, she explained that she Read More

Buhari’s agricultural programmes ‘ve secured food security for Nigeria – Izunaso

August 16, 2021 Umar Mohammed Gombe 0

A former National Organising Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Osita Izunaso has lauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in the agricultural sector. He stated this in Abuja during his call to Bar, saying the numerous policies and programmes in the sector are targeted at ensuring that the country achieves self sufficiency in food supply. According Read More

Credit schemes: Stakeholders beg CBN, BOI to make women farmers beneficiaries

August 3, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Stakeholders and non-state actors in the Agricultural sector has called on Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), BOA, BOI, credit administrator and the relevant MDAs, should invest and make budgetary provisions for wider indigenous public awareness on credit schemes, and training on accessing credits by smallholder women farmers. The stakeholders lamented that there are poor level of awareness about the credit Read More

Atiku urges FG to establish food security military taskforce to work in farming clusters

July 30, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general election, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged Federal Government to establish food security military task force to work in farming clusters. Atiku in a statement, Friday sad “the warning given by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, of Read More

Loan: ActionAid makes case for rural women farmers

July 16, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, has called on the federal government to ease access to loan facilities by rural women across the country. The Program Coordinator on Food and Agriculture, AAN, Azubike Nwokoye, made the call during a roundtable meeting on access to agricultural credit for small holder women farmers. She urged the federal government consider policies that would ameliorate this challenge Read More