Nigeria needs proper training, funding of agric for economic growth – Folarin

March 21, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

The senator representing Oyo Central senatorial district and Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin, has hinted that Nigeria needed proper training and funding of the agricultural sector for economic prosperity. Senator Folarin dropped this hint in Ibadan at the weekend while speaking at the closing ceremony of a 3-day empowerment training tagged Provision and Adoption of Post-Harvest Read More

‘Hybrid seeds can double current maize production in Nigeria’

March 11, 2022 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

ECOBasic Seed Company has declare intention to bridge the gap in early generation seeds production in West Africa and double Nigeria’s seed production with high quality seeds. The company, which was established in December 2021 with headquarters in Kaduna, promised to drive the seed sector in West Africa and ensure that Nigeria is self sufficient in basic agric staple foods Read More

FCTA empowers 600 youth with farming technology

March 10, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

No fewer than six hundred youth of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have been empowered with practical skills in Greenhouse farming technology, targeted at propelling them to gainfully venture into agriculture sector. The youth, drawn from the FCT agriculture based youth groups across the six area councils were comprehensively engaged in a two-day capacity building on Green-house management practices, Read More

FCTA yet to open up Agricultural budget making processes for women farmers – Group

March 10, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, Abuja 0

As Nigeria joined the rest of the World to mark the International Women’s Day, the Food and Agriculture Program Coordinator for ActionAid Nigeria , Azubuike Nwokoye has decried that the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) is yet to open up the Agricultural Budget Making processes such that smallholder women farmers can participate. Azubike noted this when the FCT chapter of Read More

Agric minister flags off dry season input distribution to farmers

February 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD, Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud Abubakar, has flagged-off the distribution of agricultural inputs and quality seeds to small-holders farmers in Plateau state. Flagging off the event on Friday in Jos, Plateau state, the minister said, the exercise would stimulate local production of food to achieve self-sufficiency, all season farming, attract investments, create jobs and Read More

Jos NDE trains 50 youth on agric extension services

January 28, 2022 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has, Friday, commenced the training of 50 unemployed Youths on Agricultural Extension Services, under its Rural Employment Promotion Department (REP), Plateau state. The state coordinator of NDE, Malam Ibrahim Hardo Abdulazeez, said the programme was among measures being taken by the Directorate to fight unemployment in the state and country as a whole. According Read More

KADCCIMA estimates 3m tons of cargoes annually from neighboring countries

January 28, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Kaduna Chamber Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) has estimated three million tons of cargoes annually from neighboring countries through the dry ports of the country. The Chamber stated that the Nigeria is open to other neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Chad, Niger adding that Kaduna is a port of origin and the final destination in dry ports. Deputy Read More

Cocoa farmers to launch GAP training book, target 500,000mt in two year

January 19, 2022 John Oba 0

Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), the launch of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), training book for the smallholder cocoa farmers as part of efforts to improve cocoa production in the country. This is even as the association said it targets to push the country’s cocoa production from the current 250,000 metric tons to 500,000 metric tons in the next two Read More

The role of agritech in easing the rising food prices in Nigeria

December 30, 2021 Ugo Umeseaka 0

The Nigerian food crop production sub-sector value chain is characterised by weak and inefficient producer-market/consumer linkages due to poor infrastructure. The sector is overburdened with lack of improved processing facilities, low farm productivity, poor post-harvest handling and storage, expensive and poor access to inputs (high quality seeds, fertilizing and crop protection products), inadequate market information, lack of transparency among players, Read More

2022-national budget for agriculture: Another lackadaisical treatment?

December 29, 2021 Prof. MK Othman 0

With benefit of hindsight, agriculture has been a livewire of Nigeria’s nation with the inordinate potential to make the country great. It is however the most neglected sector, which is lackadaisically served with empty promises and false hopes over the last three decades. This column has written a series of articles on Agriculture with the latest piece on World Food Read More

Government needs to prioritise agriculture – Dorodola

December 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s agricultural sector needs to be revisited. In this interview with SALIHU OYIBO, the founder of Optimal Akeshinjo Farms, an indigenous agricultural company, Azeez Oluwanifemi Durodola, speaks extensively on the need for federal and state governments to prioritise agriculture as a sustainable means rejuvenating the nation’s economy. You are the team leader for Agricultural Transformation Support Programme, Phase One (ATASP-1). Read More

Sasakawa Africa Association: Three decades of hunger eradication in Nigeria

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Success is the best thing in life. Yes, nothing is more satisfying with utmost contentment and pleasure than achieving success in our various endeavours. Success is a product of chance (luck), meticulous plan, dedication, hard work, perseverance, effective coordination and efficient use of resources. Except for chance, all other factors are within our control to make success a reality. Ability Read More

Invest in agriculture, infrastructural devt, Sen. Balogun urges leaders

November 29, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

The Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Senator Kola Balogun, Monday advised Nigeria leaders to start investing in agriculture, infrastructural development, education and health. Senator Balogun gave the advice while speaking at a 3-day training for youth in Ibadan which was held at Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan. He said Nigeria would have being among the economic Read More

APPEALS assists 2,000 Kaduna farmers, boosts productivity by 38%

November 27, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) has supported 2,000 farmers in Kaduna state, including youth, women and people with disability, with machines and technology to improve their productivity. The World Bank supported federal government programme, being implemented in six states; Cross River, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi and Lagos, has also improved farmers’ productivity in the affected Read More

Adieu, Abba Sayyadi Ruma, hero of agricultural digitisation

November 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

The epoch, July to October 2021, was like a harvest season of death. The rate and places of occurrence, gender, age, and class differences of the affected people became very alarming.  From known to an unknown number, reported to unreported, those killed by treatable diseases to untreatable, accidental deaths to cold-blooded murders; the statistics kept growing until the story of Read More

FG urged to mainstream organic agriculture into education curricula

November 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Federal Government has been urged to increase efforts on mainstreaming Organic Agriculture into existing curricula for agricultural training at all levels of education in Nigeria. Participants at the just concluded 2021 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit held in Abuja gave the suggestion as part of the resolution in the communique, adding that stakeholders of organic agriculture in the country Read More

Desertification: Zamfara to plant 1m trees

November 7, 2021 Sanusi Muhammad 0

In an attempt to fight desertification and soil erosion in the state, Zamfara state governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle said his administration in collaboration with Nigeria’s Great Green Wall will soon plant one million arable trees. The director general public enlightenment media and communications Yusuf Idris has said in a statement Sunday. He explained that the governor made the pronouncement on Read More

Akwa Ibom: FG tasks bakers, caterers to use OFSP puree to reduce price hike on bread

November 5, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The federal government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has sensitised bakers and caterers in Akwa Ibom state on the benefits of the inclusion of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) puree in bread baking. The director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Hajia Karima Babangida said this in her keynote address at the one-day workshop organised for stakeholders in the Read More

Buhari now global climate action leader, champion – APC group

November 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A voluntary think-tank group of the All Progressives Congress, known as APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC-LAC) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, is now recognised as a global climate action leader and champion due to his commitment to climate change. The group said ambitious and impactful climate action will no doubt be one of the many positive legacies of Read More

Blueprint publisher extols late ex-minister Ruma’s virtues

November 1, 2021 Hamidu Sabo 0

The body of former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Abba Sayyadi Ruma, was Sunday laid to rest at Dan-marna cemetery in Katsina. The burial was preceded by a prayer at the G.R.A Mosque, Katsina, and attended by members of the deceased’s family, friends, associates and hundreds of well wishers from different parts of the country. At the funeral Read More

Govt charged to prioritise agriculture, create jobs for youth

October 27, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

The executive director, National Cereal Research Institute (NCRI) Badeggi, Dr Umar Aliyu, has identified agriculture as the only way to address unemployment, youth restiveness in the country. Consequently, he urged government at all levels to prioritise the sector.Dr Aliyu stated this during an empowerment programme tagged “Season Intervention” initiated and sponsored by Ahmed Tijani Damisa, a lawmaker representing Okene/ Ogori-Magongo Read More

Dry season farming programme’ll revolutionise agriculture – Nkposong

October 26, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

The managing director of the Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBD), Bassey Nkposong, has said that the launched dry season farming program was aimed at revolutionising agriculture, ensuring high yields and making weed control less tedious. Nkposong said this in Ogoja, northern Cross River, while flagging off the 2021 dry season farming calendar. He described the programme as an attempt Read More

FCT: Youth involvement in Agric’ll guarantee food security – Official

October 20, 2021 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

The acting secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Abubakar Ishaq Saddeq, has said that in the quest of the country to eliminate hunger and guarantee food security, it is pertinent to properly engage youth in Agriculture.He said this recently during an inspection visit to the FCT/Leventis Agricultural Training Cnentre, Yaba, in Abaji area council. He stated Read More