Cooperative asset scheme to disburse 2,000 buses to farmers, others

September 15, 2020 Donald Iorchir 0

In a bid to alleviate the hardship being suffered by farmers and cooperative societies in Nigeria, the Nigeria Cooperative Acquisition Asset Scheme (ACAAS) is to disburse a total of 2, 000 buses to farmers and cooperatives societies across the country. Speaking to Blueprint over the weekend in Abuja, the project coordinator, Mr. Olakunle Jeff said ACAAS in conjunction with the Read More

Covid-19: AUDA- NEPAD to assist small-scale farmers

September 11, 2020 Tope Sunday 1

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Nigeria, has unfolded its plans to cushion the effect of Covid-19 on Nigerian farmers. To realise this mandate, the African Union Development Agency (AUDA)/NEPAD constituted the National Steering Committee on innovative to strengthening smallholder farmers` capabilities in Nigeria. Speaking with journalists during a courtesy on the chief executive officer, AUDA-NEPAD, Ms. Gloria Akobundu, Read More

Poultry farmers lament ban on maize importation

August 26, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Poultry farmers in Kwara state under the aegis of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Tuesday asked the federal government to lift its ban on importation of maize to save the poultry industry from collapse and loss of jobs. Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, the state chairman of the association, Pastor Adeniyi Solomon Olufemi, lamented that despite the fact Read More

Umahi charges stakeholders to take over security in their communities

August 26, 2020 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has called on stakeholders to take over the security of their communities. Umahi disclosed this in an enlarged security meeting with Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association leadership in Ebonyi state. The governor who briefed journalists through his deputy, Barrister Kelechi Igwe after the meeting issued an order to arrest any under aged cattle rearers Read More

Nigeria poultry industry to lose N1trn annually – PAN

August 12, 2020 Bayo Agboola 0

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Tuesday alerted that the Nigerian poultry industry is  now on the brink of a dangerous precipice as the industry may lose about N1 trillion annually while at least a million jobs are being threatened. The association raised the alarm during a press conference addressed at the Oyo state NUJ Press Centre Iyaganku, Ibadan on Read More

UNHCR, AUN distribute fertiliser to 33,000 Yobe farmers

July 1, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

The Yobe state Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Hajiya Mairo Amshi, has said UNHCR proposed to distribute fertiliser and farming implements to a targeted 450 farmers in collaboration with the American University of Nigeria (AUN)  in Yobe state. She also said the state government had planned to commence the distribution of fertiliser and farming  implements  to   33,000 rural Read More

CBN, MAAN distribute inputs to 1,738 Benue maize farmers

July 1, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in conjunction with Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MAAN) Tuesday flagged off distribution of farm inputs to farmers. Speaking at the occasion which took place at the IBB Square, Makurdi, representative of the CBN Branch Controller, Mrs. Grace Jonah, said the inputs were loans and not grants. She stated that the inputs would be Read More

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FG approves N13bn intervention fund for pest control

June 14, 2020 John Oba 0

The federal government has approved the sum of N13 billion intervention fund for pest control in Nigeria. The intervention fund is to ensure uninterrupted agricultural activities during the 2020 farming season. This will also control trans-boundary pests and minimize the impact of the COVID – 19 Pandemic as well as guarantee both  nutritional and national food security. A statement signed Read More

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NASC makes case for Bt Cotton use in Nigeria

December 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has on Tuesday exhibited the performance of recently released Bt cotton varieties to enhance agricultural productivity, revived cotton, garment and textile subsector in Nigeria in line with current administration’s objective to bring back the lost glory of the textile industry. Speaking at the event, Director General of National Agriculture Seed Council, Dr Philip Ojo Read More

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Expose bad eggs among you, Oyo NSCDC tells farmers, herders

December 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

Oyo state commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Alhaji  Iskilu Abiodun Akinsanya, on Monday asked farmers and herders across the state to expose the bad elements within their midst. The NSCDC commandant stated this while speaking at the headquarters of the state command, Agodi, Ibadan at the flag off of Agro Rangers unit CD 19 and Read More

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Farmers, herders’crisis: Ebonyi council boss insists on profiling

August 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman of Onicha local government area, Ebonyi state, Engr. Felix Ogbonnaya Igboke, Friday said in order to ensure harmony between farmers and herdsmen in the area, he had re-launched an “aggressive profiling of herdsmen” resident in the area. Igboke, who stated this shortly after a security meeting held in the area, stressed that the profiling which followed the directive Read More

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Groups train 120 tomato farmers on post-harvest loss in Kano

August 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Kano State coordination office of Agro-Processing, Productive Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support Protect (APPEALS), in collaboration with Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) has trained one hundred and twenty tomato growers, processors and marketers in the state. The training was part of the APPEALS’ effort to reduce post-harvest loss of tomato in the state. Speaking on the programme held Read More

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Nigerians are angry, hungry – AA chairman

July 18, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Action Alliance (AA) the national chairman, Kenneth Udeze, has said Nigerians are not only hungry as a result of the poor economic policies of the federal government but are angry as a result of attacks by suspected herdsmen in the country. The party chairman said the spate of attacks by herders have not only prevented farmers from going to Read More

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Taraba Gov procures 150 mini tractors for farmers

April 1, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Taraba State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. David Ishaya Kassa on Monday said Governor Darius Ishaku has procured over 150 mini tractors for small hold farmers in the state. Kassa, who stated this Jalingo, Taraba state capital during an exclusive interview with Blueprint disclosed that the mini tractors would soon be disbursed to the beneficiaries.  He stated that the current administration since Read More

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150 farmers get irrigation machines from NERI in Yobe

March 22, 2019 Editorial II 0

A Non-Governmental Organization, Northeast Regional Initiative (NERI) has distributed irrigation equipment to about 150 farmers in Geidam town, a community mostly ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. The measure is to improve their means of livelihood. Flagging off the distribution on Friday, the Emir of Ngazargamu, Alhaji Tijjani Sale Gaidam called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the Read More

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10,000 Kogi farmers to benefit from $200m World Bank grant

January 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

  Agro Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support (APPEALS) project has declared its readiness to assist over 10,000 farmers across Kogi state through the $200 million grant of the World Bank. Kogi state project coordinator of APPEALS, Dr. Abdullahi Ozomata who disclosed this in Lokoja yesterday during a press conference to intimate the media and the general public of the Read More

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Ranching: The devil is in the details

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

National Economic Council (NEC) recently adopted ranching in four states as panacea for incessant herders/farmers clashes, however, there are indications that the report is short on specifics as ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARI’YAU highlights in this report From grazing reserves to cattle colonies as well as ranching, all panaceas being canvassed to end the farmers/herders’ conflicts with their attendant fatalities. First, Governor Samuel Read More

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How to end herders’ attacks

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The rampaging cattle herdsmen for the umpteenth time have been denting our image and causing bloodletting with high casualty figures! Cattle grazing, which is the root cause of the mayhem, does not ordinarily attract any raising of eyebrow, but the methods deployed by the herdsmen by dastardly destroying economic crops and terminating the lives of innocent Nigerians standing on their Read More

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‘Nigeria risks food insufficiency with farmers, herders ‘clashes’

April 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

Mr. Shedrack Madlion is the Chief Executive Officer of Safari 54 Integrated Farms in Kaduna; he is also an agricultural investor. In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA, he speaks on the farmers and herders’ clashes and their negative impact on the Nigerian economy, among other issues. Nigeria is faced with the challenges of incessant clashes between herders Read More

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Foundation distributes farm inputs to 1,200 farmers in Osun

April 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Non Governmental Organisation, Wale Bolorunduro Foundation, on Monday, kicked off distribution of farm inputs to 1,200 selected farmers in the 10 local governments of Osun East Senatorial District. The Chairman of the foundation, Dr. Adewale Bolorunduro, said the gesture was part of effort to complement the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government’s diversification agenda. Bolorunduro, who is the immediate past Commissioner Read More

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Cashew to farmers’ rescue in Kogi

March 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

  If there is any aspect of agriculture that has touched the lives of farmers in Kogi state positively more than any other under the current dispensation, it is cashew plantation farming. ELEOJO IDACHABA, who was in the state recently, writes that despite the economic meltdown and unpaid salaries in the state, many are smiling to the banks. For David Read More

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NABG mulls partneriship with IITA

February 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) has promised to work with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to translate research outputs of the Institute in the last 50 years to ‘money in the bank for resource’-poor farmers. NABG Vice president, Emmanuel Ijewere, stated this recently during a visit to IITA to explore areas of possible collaboration. NABG team which comprises Read More

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Flyers portraying Tiv farmer as rustlers unacceptable – Group

February 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Makurdi President General, Mdzough U Tiv, Engr. Edward Ujege has expressed reservations over flyers circulated by the department of civil military affairs which erroneously portrayed Benue crop farmers as cattle rustlers. Engr. Ujege, through a press statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Makurdi, faulted the military for assuming that Tiv people were responsible for cattle rustling. He said local Read More

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Herdsmen/farmers: Osun govt suggests traditional way of settlement

February 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Osun state government has suggested a traditional way of settlement for ending the killing by the dreaded Herdsmen in the country. The Commissioner for Special Duties and Chairman, Committee on Peaceful Co-existence between Fulani/Bororo and Crop Farmers in the state, Mr. Mudashiru Toogun, said Osun state has not recorded any killing due to its traditional approach. He said the state Read More

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Return IDPs home, group tells Operation Cat Dance

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Makurdi A civil society organisation, Benue Valley Initiative, has asked the troops prosecuting Operation Cat Dance in the state to give priority to disarming herdsmen and pushing them out of flashpoints to allow displaced local farmers return to their homes. Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army, Maj. General D .D Ahmdu, had on February 7, announced the Read More