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

Kogi lawmaker trains women, youth in rice, seed production

October 20, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

To create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth, the member representing Okene/Ogori-Magongo federal constituency , Hon. Tijani Ahmed Damisa, has trained and empowered 50 youths and women in rice and beniseed production. The two day capacity building programme was held at Ebira Muslims Community College, Okengwen (EMMCO), in Okene local government area of the state. It was organised by the Read More

2021 World Food Day: Is Nigeria Food Secured?

October 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

In the first part of this article, last week, Food security was defined as a state in which food is quantitatively and qualitatively available, accessible, and affordable to meet the nutritional needs of the people over a given period. The levels of food insecurity range from mild, to medium, to severe and chronic depending on the three As; availability, accessibility, Read More

Ekiti Guber: Why am in the race – Oni

October 12, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The former Governor of Ekiti state, Chief Segun Oni, on Monday said he was in the state governorship race to work with all stakeholders and ensure that no one is left behind. Oni stated this while speaking at the PDP national secretariat during the submission of his nomination and expression of interest forms for the Ekiti state governorship election, scheduled Read More

Local production of food: RIFAN denies alleged diversion of fund

October 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has denied allegation of lack of focus and misplaced priority levelled against it, describing it as an attempt to discredit the body. An online platform had reportedly accused the leadership of the Niger state chapter of RIFAN of diversion of fund meant to boost rice production for personal comfort of certain members and Read More

Over 2, 200 A/bom farmers benefit from FG agricultural inputs

October 1, 2021 Uko Etim 0

No fewer than 2, 208 farmers in Akwa Ibom who were victims of 2020 flood disaster have benefited from federal government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)  agricultural inputs distribution on Thursday.  The director-general of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, during the event said the federal government distributed the inputs as part of measures to ensure adequate food production in Read More

Our present challenges ‘ll soon be over – Bala

October 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Bauchi state Governor Bala Abdukadir Mohammed has urged Nigerians to continue making sacrifice so the country can remain on the path of greatness. The governor made the call Thursday in a goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of its 61st independence anniversary in Bauchi. He said: “The  61st Independence anniversary should be used to reflect  on the struggle and 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

Our present challenges ‘ll soon be over – Bala

September 30, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

   Bauchi state Governor Bala Abdukadir Mohammed has urged Nigerians to continue making sacrifice so the country can remain on the path of greatness. The governor made the call Thursday in a goodwill message to Nigerians on the occasion of its 61st independence anniversary in Bauchi. He said: “The  61st Independence anniversary should be used to reflect  on the struggle Read More

Forex crisis: NSEF exonerates Emefiele, blames weak export earnings

September 23, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The North-South Economists’ Forum (NSEF), a focus group of development economists has exonerated Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for the continued depreciation of Naira, blaming it on the low receipts from the sale of crude oil and the non-export status of the Nigerian economy. The body of economists, in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Read More

Flooding: FG, stakeholders dialogue on blue-green city solution

September 22, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

Local and foreign stakeholders, Wednesday, met in Abuja to map out an integrated approach to managing floods in major towns and cities in the country. The one-day workshop on the Blue-Green Initiative for Urban Flood Resilience in Nigeria programme was organised by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). Speakimg at the event, Read More

Were Nanono and Mamman under-reported by the media

September 21, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 1, 2021 sacked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman. He apparently cited commitment to breathe new air and consolidate legacy achievements in the government as reasons for the decision. Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, added that, the two ministers were sacked after an independent Read More

CBN releases N798.09bn for disbursement to 3.9m smallholder farmers

September 20, 2021 Amaka Ifeakanndu 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cumulatively released the sum of N798.09 billion to 3.9 million smallholder farmers cultivating 4.9 million hectares of land across the country under its Anchor borrowers Programme. The CBN recent data showed that out of amount for the 2021 wet season farming, the sum of N161.18 billion was allocated to 770,000 small-holder farmers cultivating Read More

I ‘ll fully implement women affirmative action if elected Benue gov – Igbawua

September 18, 2021 Chamba Simeh, Abuja 0

The Chairman of all governorship aspirants in Benue state for the 2023 elections on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Chille Igbawua, has expressed readiness to fully implement the 30 per cent women affirmative action, if elected governor of the state. A statement by the Media Coordinator for the Governorship Consultative Team, Mr Andrew Oota, said the aspirant Read More