Why farmers’ indigenous knowledge is vital

November 29, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

There are many factors that can contribute to high yield and agricultural cultivation. A crucial one is the role played by farmers’ indigenous knowledge in crop production. The piece of information was given by the 71st Inaugural Lecturer of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State and a former Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ololade Enikuomehin, who Read More

GSA urges West African farmers on Shea to advance economies

November 16, 2022 Binta Shama Abuja 0

The Managing Director Global Shea Alliance, Mr. Aron Adu, has urged West African farmers to look inwards and embrace new technologies to advance the agricultural sector especially in the production of shea products and its benefits to humanity to compete internationally. According to the MD, who stated this at the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Project closing workshop in Abuja, Read More

Gates Foundation commits to meet climate adaptation needs of smallholder farmers

November 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has reechoed African Leaders’ call for countries to rapidly scale-up finance for climate adaptation and pledged to invest $1.4 billion to help smallholder farmers address the immediate and long-term impacts of climate change. The announcement was made by Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). For many regions, climate Read More

FAO vows more support for FG to build farmer’s resilience

September 29, 2022 John Oba, Abuja 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has promised to further strengthen its partnership with the Nigerian Federal Government to help farmers build more resilience to manage the various risk factors plaguing the Agricultural Sector rather than managing disasters to shocks arising from agricultural disasters. The move came as the country continued to grapple with food insecurity Read More

A piece of advice for farmers during the rainy season

September 26, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

In most parts of Abeokuta, Ogun state, and indeed Nigeria currently experiencing heavy rains, farmers have been advised not to rush to farm, to plant any seed after the first rain, but until after when they are sure that the rains are consistent, as the rainy season arrives. This piece of advice was given by an agricultural officer, Jimoh Mubaraq, Read More

GAIN trains 45 smallholder women farmer on value addition

September 21, 2022 Mohammed Yangida Lafia 0

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), has trained 45 women on nutritional value of non-fortified and bio fortified crops for value addition, as well as ensure increased food production and sufficiency. GAIN supports businesses, especially micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) through it programmatic offerings. Speaking during a three- day training programme in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Dr. Read More

Farming: NGO distributes solar water pumps to farmers in Kano

August 23, 2022 Bashir Mohammed Kano 0

The Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) programme, a Word Bank assisted-project, has purchased solar powered water pumping machines worth N33 million for distribution to farmers in Kano state. The project’s Technical Officer, Malam Nasidi Datti, made the disclosure in Chidari town in Makoda local government area of the state while test-running some of the machines before its eventual Read More

AfDB to deliver certified wheat, seeds to 20m farmers – Adesina

August 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

President, African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr Akinwumi Adesina says the bank is set to deliver climate-adapted, certified wheat and other staple crops seeds to 20 million farmers. Adesina said this in a document titled, “Averting an African Food Crisis: The African Food Production Facility” and obtained on Monday in Abuja. He said the initiative, which was part of activities by Read More

150 Benue farmers get farm inputs from IFAD-VCDP

July 22, 2022 John Shiaondo 0

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) in Benue state Friday distributed farm inputs to 150 rice farmers in eight local government areas of the state. The eight LGAs are Agatu, Guma, Gwer, Gwer West, Kwande, Logo, Ogbadibo and Okpokwu. The state programme coordinator (SPC), Mr. Emmanuel Igbaukum, disclosed this in Makurdi during the official flag-off Read More

Nigeria: IOGLAD to empower organic farmers in 22 states

June 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The International Organisation for Good Leadership and Agricultural Development (IOGLAD), is set to empower farmers in 15 Africa Countries including Nigeria on Organic agricultural practice and culture programme. IOGLAD is a non-governmental organisation. Presenting the programme to a group of experts led by the Director, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Lawal Fausat, IOGLAD Chairman, Chief Read More

FG empowers smallholder farmers with inputs, equipment

June 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

As part of its empowerment programme, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has flagged-off the Roll out/Distribution of Agricultural inputs to Smallholder Farmers in Kaduna State, Handing over the inputs to the farmers, the Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said the gesture open up investment opportunities, create jobs for stakeholders and facilitate increased Read More

Insecurity: ActionAid urges govt to promote insurance for smallholder farmers

June 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

ActionAid and other stakeholders have urged the federal and state governments to promote insurance for smallholder farmers across the country to mitigate agricultural risks confronting farmers. According to the stakeholders, the challenges that are posing threat to farmers’ lives and crop production are floods, droughts, fires, pests and diseases, cattle destruction of farms, rising insecurity in farms and kidnappings. They Read More

COVID-19 stimulus: Over 560 Kogi farmers get free fertiliser, other inputs

May 23, 2022 Oyibo Salihu, Lokoja 0

Over 560 rural farmers in Kogi state have benefitted from the distribution of free farm inputs supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the Value Chain Development Programme (IVCDP). The national programme coordinator FGN/IFAD-VCDP, Dr Fatima Aliyu during the inauguration of the distribution of the input, said the gesture was to boost food security to cushion the Read More

HOMEF trains 80 FCT farmers on production, use of organic fertilizer, pesticides

April 7, 2022 John Oba 0

An organisation, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has trained over 80 FCT farmers and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) on the production and uses of organic fertilizer and pesticides. The two day training had farmers from across the territory converging in Kuchigoro, Abuja trained on practical agroecology. Speaking with journalist during the training section on Friday, the media/communication office, for Read More

‘Dangote Fertiliser to train over 1m farmers in three years’

April 4, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

Towards enhancing agriculture and creation of jobs, Dangote Fertiliser Limited is to train over one million farmers in the next three years. The training, which is part of the Fertiliser company’s agriculture extension services will involve Spot Demonstrations, Result Demonstrations, Field Demonstrations and Soil Samples Collections. According to Mr. Uchenna Nwankwo of Dangote Fertiliser, the exercise is designed to instruct Read More

2022 faming season: FCTA/NiMeT sensitise farmers on climate prediction

March 31, 2022 Abdullahi Muhammad 0

In preparation for the start of the new farming season, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), in collaboration with the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMeT) Tuesday sensitised farmers on the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP), so as to improve their yields. In particular, several FCT farmers/other stakeholders drawn from the six area councils of the Territory were informed on the expected Read More

Farmers, Fulani clash claims 5 in Kebbi

February 28, 2022 Kabiru Dogon Daji 0

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has admonished communities, especially Fulani herders and farmers to live in peace with one another and refrain from taking the laws into their hands. The governor gave this advice at NELPA Fulani settlement near Aljannare, Suru local government area, during a visit to condole with Fulani herdsmen who lost five persons and several Read More

Heifer International moves to help farmers against bad harvests

February 28, 2022 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Heifer International, a nonprofit organisation in its plight to end global hunger and poverty, has introduced the Area Yield Index Insurance (AYII) to Nigerian rice farmers as a solution to mitigate climate change-induced losses and restore investors’ confidence in rice farming. AYII is used globally to ensure farmers get full returns if insured farmland does not produce the projected quantity Read More

Ministry trains South-east women farmers on climate change mitigations

February 27, 2022 John Oba, Abuja 0

As part of effort to implement the National Gender Policy thrust in mainstream women farmers in all agricultural value chains, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD), has trained South-East women farmers on climate change mitigation and adaptation. A statement by the Deputy Director, Information of the Ministry, Mrs Eno Olotu, said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Read More

FG tasks Livestock farmers on good animal welfare practices

February 21, 2022 John Oba 0

The federal government has called on livestock farmers in Nigeria to ensure that farm animals are provided good animal welfare during husbandry, transportation and slaughter, saying good animal welfare practices enhances the quality of animal products available for human consumption. The National focal person for Animal welfare, Dr Mabel Ajumobi, who gave the advice at aISAE Animal Welfare National Workshop Read More

Weather forecast: NiMeT task farmers on early preparation

February 20, 2022 John Oba 0

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMeT) has urged Nigeria farmers to start early preparation for rainfall by acquiring inputs such as seeds, fertilisers, pesticides. The agency added that planting should be delayed where early dry spell is expected. The meteorological agency gave the advice at the presentation of its 2022 seasonal rainfall and temperature prediction, which guide farmers on the commencement Read More

Why many educated class, young people are yet to embrace agribusiness – Bamai Musa

February 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

Abubarkar Bamai Musa is the newly appointed National Coordinator of the Nigeria Youth Farmers Network. In this interview with ENE OSHABA, the indigene of Yobe state, northeast Nigeria who has been a member of the network since 2014 expressed the organisation’s commitment to encouraging young Nigerians to explore opportunities in agriculture. How will the network encourage youths to embrace agriculture Read More

IAR&T releases 5 new crop varieties to Nigerian farmers

January 26, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

The Executive Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR&T), Moor Plantation Ibadan, Professor Veronica Obatolu, Tuesday, announced the release of five newly developed crop varieties to Nigerian farmers. Prof Obatolu made the announcement at a press briefing by the institute to present the newly developed crop varieties held at the institute’s campus in Ibadan. The Executive Director said the Read More

Cooperative group to assist Nigerian farmers produce 125m birds annually

January 14, 2022 Mohammed Lawal 0

The National Agricultural Mechanised Cooperative Society (NAMCS) Thursday announced the empowerment of 65 women poultry farmers in each of the local government areas of the federation expected to produce about 125 million broiler birds per annum. National president of Society, Dr Aliyu Waziri, announced this in an interactive session with the beneficiaries in Bauchi state and inauguration of new officials Read More