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Boosting hibiscus export


With the Federal Government seeking ways to boost food production and increase output, focus seems to have shifted to horticulture, which has the potential to deliver big returns to the industry. Hibiscus is one horticulture produce, which export can earn foreign exchange.


 Date Posted : 11/16/2018 12:35:30 PM

 
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Sesame seed farmers rejoice huge harvests in Yobe


Sesame seeds farmers in Yobe are celebrating bumper harvests as the price of the commodity shoots up to N32,000 per bag in the market.


 Date Posted : 11/16/2018 12:16:16 PM

 
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ActionAid Implores Adequate Funding Of Agric Extension Services


The Programme Coordinator, ActionAid Nigeria, Mr Azubike Nwokoye, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to strengthen agricultural extension services in the country.


 Date Posted : 11/16/2018 12:13:47 PM

 
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FEPSAN Call On NASS To Pass 13-year old Fertiliser Bill


The Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has begun a final push to get the Fertiliser Bill, which has been in the National Assembly for the past 13 years, passed.


 Date Posted : 11/16/2018 12:07:13 PM

 
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3,000 farmers to benefit from Feg Agro, FG rice farming programme


About 3,000 rice farmers in the South West of Nigeria will be benefitting from a programme organized by Feg-Agro Farms Nigeria Limited in partnership with the Federal Government.


 Date Posted : 11/14/2018 9:50:55 AM

 
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‘Why FG Should Ban NPK Fertilisers Importation’


The Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) on Sunday called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium (NPK) fertilisers, because it was costing the nation grave loses.


 Date Posted : 11/14/2018 9:48:23 AM

 
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Poultry industry will drive Nigeria’s economy if… PAN National President


THE National President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim, has disclosed that the poultry industry can drive the nation’s economy if government gives more attention to the industry in the areas of policies formulation and implementation.


 Date Posted : 11/14/2018 9:41:33 AM

 
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How elites, foreigners killed agriculture in Nigeria


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has blamed the Nigerian elite for the underdevelopment of the nation’s agricultural sector.


 Date Posted : 11/14/2018 9:38:00 AM

 
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70 Hectres Of Rice Farms Flooded In Anambra


A cluster of five farmers’ cooperative societies in Umuuzu, Ogbaru Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra, has lamented the loss of about 70 hectres of rice farms to flood disaster.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 9:17:00 AM

 
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Nigeria earns $35m yearly from hibiscus exportation NAQS


The Coordinating Director of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr. Vincent Isegbe, has said that Nigeria was set to resume the export of hibiscus (zobo) to Mexico.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 9:12:04 AM

 
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Eight months after, FG yet to review starch import tax


It has been about 8 months since the Federal Government promised to review the import adjustment tax for imported starch which is targeted at encouraging local manufacturers of starch across the country.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 9:09:53 AM

 
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Not Less Than 100,000 Hectares Of Rice Farms Destroyed By Heavy Flood In Jigawa – RIFAN


Alhaji Adamu Maigoro, Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Jigawa Chapter, on Friday said the recent flooding in the state destroyed over 100,000 hectares of rice farms.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 9:05:28 AM

 
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FAO Donates Fertilizers, Seeds To 790,000 Displaced Farmers


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has distributed fertilizers and seeds to 790,000 farmers to accelerate crop production.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 9:00:29 AM

 
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Expert Call On Companies To Earn Forex Through Processing Of Cashew Nuts


An Expert, Mr Adejoh Stephen, has urged public and private companies involved in the local processing of cashew nuts to take advantage of its excellent international market to earn more foreign exchange.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 8:57:07 AM

 
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Jigawa Shares Farm Inputs To 32,859 Flood Victims


The Jigawa Government has distributed farm inputs to 32,859 victims of recent flooding in the North-east zone of the state.


 Date Posted : 11/7/2018 8:55:41 AM

 
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Lagos govt introduces new method for farm produce transportation


IN its quest to guarantee food security for Lagosians, the Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, has hinted that the government would encourage the use of reusable plastic crates to aid transportation of farm produce as against the use of raffia baskets.


 Date Posted : 10/29/2018 1:16:42 PM

 
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How reforms can reduce poverty and improve food security


Wide-ranging reforms are needed to make Nigeria’s economy more sustainable and resilient, a World Bank Consultant, Prof. Abel Ogunwale, has said Ogunwale said there was a need to reform the agricultural sector to ensure poverty reduction and greater food security.


 Date Posted : 10/29/2018 1:13:50 PM

 
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ARMTI trains 168 Oyo farmers on dry season farming


A total of 168 farmers in Oyo state have benefited from an agricultural training and empowerment programme on dry season farming.


 Date Posted : 10/29/2018 1:09:36 PM

 
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FG launches national gender action plan for agriculture


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the head of Audu Ogbe, launched the National Action Plan for Women (PNC) for agriculture in order to create opportunities for women in Nigeria.


 Date Posted : 10/29/2018 1:06:29 PM

 
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Improving dairy to increase milk supply


In Nigeria, about 1.7 million tons of milk is consumed annually, but only 34 percent is to meet demand. A shortage of over a million tons is imported, and it costs $ 480.3 million. United States (N173.3 billion).


 Date Posted : 10/23/2018 10:38:49 AM

 
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FG launches national gender action plan for agriculture


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the head of Audu Ogbe, launched the National Action Plan for Women (PNC) for agriculture in order to create opportunities for women in Nigeria.


 Date Posted : 10/23/2018 10:36:16 AM

 
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Raising nutritional value of crops


African Development Bank (AfBR) President Akinwumi Adezina wants Nigeria and other African countries to become producers of bio-fortified products.


 Date Posted : 10/23/2018 10:33:38 AM

 
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Halting deforestation, helping farmers


The Institute for Training Specialists in Agriculture and Agriculture (ARMTI) and the Regional Center of Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) held a seminar on efficient conversion technologies and sustainable land use for farmers.


 Date Posted : 10/23/2018 10:29:39 AM

 
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Defence Ministry Staff, FarmKonnect in $460,000 partnership for Snail Village project


The projected village of Igbeja-Snail should be 100,000 square meters of plant for breeding snails to group snail farms in one area with a capacity of at least 2.6 million kg of snails per year.


 Date Posted : 10/23/2018 10:19:51 AM

 
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Stakeholders review, validate PVP to protect Nigeria’s plant breeders


In an effort to provide quality seeds for farmers, as well as to protect the genetic materials of the country, stakeholders in the agricultural sectors reviewed and approved plant protection (PVP), laws aimed at protecting the rights of plant breeders (PBR).


 Date Posted : 10/23/2018 10:10:53 AM

 
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US agency signs agreement with Kebbi govt to invest $10 million in agribusinesses


The United States African Development Fund (USADF) entered into an agreement with Kebbi State Government in the amount of $ 10 million to provide seed capital and technical assistance to local agribusinesses in the state.


 Date Posted : 10/22/2018 10:49:53 AM

 
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Senate Committee On Agric Urges Govt To Step Up Action On Mechanized Farming


The Senate Committee on Agriculture has called on governments at all levels to encourage mechanised farming to systematically move the nation’s agriculture sector to a competitive level.


 Date Posted : 10/22/2018 10:45:41 AM

 
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Dry Season Farming: Association Warns Against Use Of Uncertified seeds


Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN), has cautioned farmers in Gombe against the use of seeds that have not been certified by the National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC).


 Date Posted : 10/17/2018 12:19:23 PM

 
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Agric Entrepreneur Call On Youths To Create Employment Via Agric Sector


An agricultural entrepreneur, Mr Yero Ahmed, has advised Nigerian youths to take due advantage of the huge opportunities existing in the nation’s agricultural sector to create employment for themselves.


 Date Posted : 10/17/2018 12:17:47 PM

 
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Locusts Invasion: Kebbi Govt. Keen To Begins Aerial Spray Of Rice Farms


Following locusts invasion of rice farms in Kebbi, the state government said on Monday it had deployed helicopters for the aerial spray of the affected farms.


 Date Posted : 10/17/2018 12:15:59 PM

 
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OFAB Call On Nigerian Farmers To Cultivate Approved GM Cotton Varieties


An international organisation, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB), has advised Nigerian farmers to take advantage of the newly approved Genetically Modified (GM) cotton varieties to boost cotton production.


 Date Posted : 10/17/2018 12:13:58 PM

 
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FAO Advises African Govts On Right Policies To Boost Rice Production


Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called on African countries to put in place the right policies, strategies and appropriate institutional mechanisms to boost rice production and reduce importation


 Date Posted : 10/17/2018 11:59:32 AM

 
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Don advocates constitution amendment to guarantee food security


The need to urgently amend the country's constitution to ensure the right to food and food security in the country cannot be overestimated.


 Date Posted : 10/16/2018 9:05:31 AM

 
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FG partners, destroys materials infected with cow disease


RINDERPEST, a fatal cattle disease, was eradicated worldwide in 2011 after hundreds of years of repeated devastating pandemics. It is worth noting that the disease and smallpox in humans are the only diseases that have been successfully eliminated worldwide.


 Date Posted : 10/16/2018 9:03:47 AM

 
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Kenyan research centre releases 15 MLND resistant crops


FIFTEEN crops that are immune to maize diseases were produced by an agricultural research center in Naivasha, Kenya.


 Date Posted : 10/16/2018 9:01:32 AM

 
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Stakeholders advocate adoption of improved seeds


The Nigerian Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) held its annual National Seed Day and Field Farmers Day. The event was attended by interested parties, including seed scientists, researchers, farmers, seed companies, and development partners.


 Date Posted : 10/16/2018 8:59:56 AM

 
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Farmers, Nigeria’s Future Billionaires- Says Coscharis


Mr. Cosmas Maduka, Chief Executive Officer of the Coscharis Group of Companies, said that people who invested in agriculture will now become billionaires in Nigeria in the near future.


 Date Posted : 10/16/2018 8:57:58 AM

 
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AfDB to invest $24 billion in African agriculture


The African Development Bank (AfDB) will invest 24 billion dollars. The United States in agricultural agriculture for the next 10 years to pull out a billion people from hunger all over the world.


 Date Posted : 10/15/2018 8:45:29 AM

 
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FG begins move to broaden apiculture sector


As part of its efforts to expand the agricultural sector, the federal government of Nigeria has established a mechanism for the development of the beekeeping industry.


 Date Posted : 10/15/2018 8:40:30 AM

 
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Group Keen To Collaborate FG, Development Agencies On Food Production


The Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN) says it will partner the Federal Government and development agencies on food production, to ensure food sufficiency in the country.


 Date Posted : 10/15/2018 8:36:18 AM

 
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Consultant Urges Fish Farmers To Use Locally Made Feeds


An Agriculture Consultant, Michael David, has advised fish farmers in Nigeria to adopt the use of locally made feeds instead of depending on imported fish feeds.


 Date Posted : 10/15/2018 8:33:40 AM

 
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AgroNigeria floats TV series to attract youths


An Agro-business firm AgroNigeria says it has secured the services of Nollywood and the creative industry actors to produce movies and a television series to encourage the youth to take to farming.


 Date Posted : 9/25/2018 12:25:45 PM

 
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Expert decries shortage of skilled manpower


Despite some progress in agriculture, lack of skills remains an obstacle to development in this sector, said the director of the Center for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), Baero University, Kano (BOK), Professor Jibrin M. Djibrin.


 Date Posted : 9/25/2018 12:16:26 PM

 
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NEXIM Bank to give states N1bn each to boost agric products exportation


The Export-Import Bank of Nigeria (NEXIM) has shown plans to provide N37bn for 36 federation states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in order to stimulate the development of basic agricultural products for export.


 Date Posted : 9/25/2018 12:12:28 PM

 
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States Raise Output In Rice Production As Nigeria Heads To Exit Import In 2020


It was at a lecture organized by the Catholic Brothers United, a religious group in the Catholic Church of St. Agnes, Maryland in Lagos. The Minister was invited speaker on the topic "Technology and the agricultural revolution: a tool for economic growth."


 Date Posted : 9/25/2018 12:11:00 PM

 
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450 Farmers In Land Dispute With Kebbi Govt


More than 450 members of the Association of All Nigerian Farmers (AFAN) in Kebbi allegedly confiscated their 14,000 hectares of land by the state government of Kebbi in the village of Gvazava district of the local government of Danko / Wasagu state.


 Date Posted : 9/17/2018 2:30:26 PM

 
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Farmers embrace biogas for electricity


The hope for biogas generation is high among farmers and innovators, as it potentially solves two problems of utilization of livestock wastes and provision of energy to compensate for the increase in the cost of electricity.


 Date Posted : 9/17/2018 2:14:55 PM

 
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Charting a way forward for beekeeping business


Bees, which many see as a dangerous insect to keep or harness, are also perceived by some as money rotating by insects that need to be grown and grown to accumulate wealth from various bush products.


 Date Posted : 9/14/2018 12:01:36 PM

 
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Ondo govt distributes 400,000 cocoa, cashew seedlings to farmers


At least 400,000 cocoa seedlings and 25,000 cashew seedlings were distributed by the Ondo government to farmers in 18 local government districts of the state.


 Date Posted : 9/14/2018 11:58:52 AM

 
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Forex earnings from cashew threatened


Nigeria's hope exceeded earnings of $ 402 million. The United States from the export of cashews this year is under threat, said the president of the country, the Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria, Dr. Victor Iyama.


 Date Posted : 9/14/2018 11:57:11 AM

 
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GAWAL partners ministry, trains 40 officials in China-sponsored project


Green Agriculture West Africa Ltd (GAWAL), in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, began a seven-day technical training on agricultural technologies for civil servants.


 Date Posted : 9/13/2018 1:27:36 PM

 
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Group to commission veterinary laboratory


Chi Farms Limited, a subsidiary of TGI Group, in partnership with ZOETIS, intends to put into operation a state-of-the-art veterinary care center in Ibadan, Oyo.


 Date Posted : 9/13/2018 1:06:44 PM

 
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Tough time awaits Nigerians, as price of rice soars


Nigerians will need to pull themselves to another round of deprivation, given the growing price of rice, considered the staple food for households in the country.


 Date Posted : 9/13/2018 1:03:45 PM

 
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Netherlands, Nigeria To Develop Cattle Farming Model – Envoy


Michelle Diehlen, deputy ambassador of the Netherlands in Nigeria, this is known during a press conference on Friday in Lagos.


 Date Posted : 9/13/2018 1:00:45 PM

 
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EU ban: expert pushes for restricted pesticides use


The Executive Director for Agriculture and Management of Agriculture (ARMTI), Deputy Director for Environmental Protection (ARMTI), Dr. Oloufemi Oladunni, called for the capacity of producers to educate farmers about the responsible use of pesticides.


 Date Posted : 9/12/2018 12:36:40 PM

 
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Embracing technologies as panacea for youth involvement in farming


It is projected that Nigeria will become the third largest population in the world in 2050, according to a report entitled "World Population Prospects: the version of 2017" published by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


 Date Posted : 9/12/2018 12:34:55 PM

 
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Dokubo expresses hope of boom in fishing sector


The special adviser to the president on the delta and the coordinator of Nigeria, the amnesty program, Professor Charles Dokubo, expressed optimism that the training of 2500 beneficiaries under the projects,


 Date Posted : 9/12/2018 12:33:15 PM

 
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Tapping Nigeria’s Agric Potentials Via Multinational Agency Support


Agriculture was designed as one of the main driving forces for Africa's economic recovery, supplemented by a growing interest in the continent's natural resources.


 Date Posted : 9/12/2018 12:30:52 PM

 
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Peace In Agrarian States Will Enhance Agric’s Contribution To GDP – Economist


Mr Johnson Chukwu, on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to sustain peace in agrarian states to boost the contribution of agriculture to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in the next quarter.


 Date Posted : 9/4/2018 12:12:11 PM

 
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Farmers call on FG, CBN to intervene in NIRSAL’s activities


The investment cooperatives Hope Concept and the credit union denied the assertion of the Nigerian Agricultural Credit Risk Distribution System (NIRSAL Plc) that its members were unskilled farmers who did not have either farmland or compliance with standard requirements.


 Date Posted : 9/4/2018 12:08:39 PM

 
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FUNAAB Improved Indigenous Chicken Breed Named It “FUNAAB Alpha”


The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), says it has recorded a major breakthrough in its First Improved Indigenous Chicken Breed after 24 years of research and named it “FUNAAB Alpha”.


 Date Posted : 9/4/2018 12:03:44 PM

 
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Group Keen To Collaborate FG, Development Agencies On Food Production


The Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN) says it will partner the Federal Government and development agencies on food production, to ensure food sufficiency in the country.


 Date Posted : 9/4/2018 12:01:21 PM

 
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Revitalisation of fertiliser blending plants saves Nigeria $200 million annually – Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that the revival of the fertilizer mixing plant annually saves the country more than $ 200 million in foreign currency and more than N60 billion in budgetary allocations for fertilizer subsidies.


 Date Posted : 9/3/2018 9:50:40 AM

 
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FG Urges Farmers To Utilise CBN’s Single-digit Lending Fund


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audou Ogbe, called on operators in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors of the economy to strictly comply with the terms of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)


 Date Posted : 9/3/2018 9:49:01 AM

 
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NIRSAL denies holding on to farmers’ loans


The Nigerian risk management system for agricultural lending (NIRSAL Plc) refused to withhold funds from farmers issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the Government's Anchor Loan Program (AB).


 Date Posted : 9/3/2018 9:12:57 AM

 
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‘Farmers, herders’ conflict depleting animal population’


The Federal Government has expressed concern that the growing conflict between farmers and herdsmen throughout the country is depleting the animal population.


 Date Posted : 9/3/2018 9:04:03 AM

 
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Fraud, extortion trail agric loan processes


It was a season of agrarian discontent, as various groups of farmers expressed concern that agricultural loans and schemes introduced by the federal government to support the industry are fired by people for whom they are not intended.


 Date Posted : 9/3/2018 8:57:30 AM

 
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Border Closure Not Solution To Rice Smuggling, NAAPD Tells FG


The Nigeria Association Of Agricultural Produce Dealers (NAAPD) has pleaded with the federal government not to go ahead with its plan to shut down land border with a neighbouring country.


 Date Posted : 8/28/2018 11:07:39 AM

 
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How Farmers Are Losing Investments To Adultrated Fertilisers


For a young farmer like Mr Austin Ezethi, who resides in Bachita in Kwara State, the fear of using adultrated fertiliser is the beginning of wisdom. His fears are not far-fetched.


 Date Posted : 8/28/2018 10:59:53 AM

 
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NAQS, NASC, IITA partner to promote agricultural export


COLLABORATION between (NASC) Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) and(IITA), has been formed to develop a strategy to overcome some of the critical institutional bottlenecks to ensure domestic and international regulatory compliance essential for promoting export trade


 Date Posted : 8/27/2018 12:17:54 PM

 
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PIND empowers oil palm farmers with modern equipment in Ondo


FOUNDATION for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) has condemned neglect of palm oil production and the non utilisation of the economic potentials in oil palm, noting that farmers can make more profit with the aid of the modern technology.


 Date Posted : 8/27/2018 12:02:07 PM

 
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Nigerian farmers to begin sale of yam by weighing


NIGERIAN farmers would any time soon begin to sell yam by weighing as against the usual means of selling by quantity.


 Date Posted : 8/27/2018 11:58:23 AM

 
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Imported Rice Meant For Animals – FG


The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed yesterday raised the alarm that Nigerians were being exposed to the consumption of expired rice meant for animals in their countries of origin.


 Date Posted : 8/24/2018 1:10:26 PM

 
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FG’s Agriculture Policy Intervention Strengthening Smallholder Farmers


The federal government after years of neglect of the agriculture sector beginning from 2010 and 2011, commenced a major reform of the industry.


 Date Posted : 8/24/2018 1:04:22 PM

 
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Agric entrepreneurs call for intensified mechanisation, commercialisation


Agricultural sector in Nigeria has been falling short in its traditional role of feeding the nation, meeting raw material needs of industries and export demand, and creating wealth for its agricultural entrepreneurs.


 Date Posted : 8/23/2018 11:32:28 AM

 
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Cross River to generate N13 billion from rice seedlings


Cross River state has said its new rice seedling facility will fetch it about N13billion annually.


 Date Posted : 8/23/2018 11:27:16 AM

 
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Don encourages backyard farming


Backyard farming has been described as vital to supplementing family means of livelihood because it saves scarce resources.


 Date Posted : 8/23/2018 11:25:46 AM

 
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FG set to achieve SDGs on poverty, hunger, says Audu Ogbeh


The Federal Government of Nigeria is working to transform its agricultural sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and hunger, attain food security and improve nutrition to promote sustainable agriculture.


 Date Posted : 8/20/2018 1:57:41 PM

 
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BoI, Ebonyi seal N4bn agric fund deal.


The Bank of Industry (BoI) and Ebonyi State government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a N4 billion matching funds to boost the fortune of civil servants in the state through agricultural activities.


 Date Posted : 8/17/2018 10:40:26 AM

 
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Space tech in agric’ll restore dignity of black race – NASDRA boss


The Director General and Chief Executive of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Prof. Seidu Mohammed says the application of Space Technology in agriculture will restore the dignity of Nigeria and that of the Black race.


 Date Posted : 8/17/2018 10:38:00 AM

 
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2018 budget: AFAN to begin monitoring implementation of agric budget


The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) says it will begin monitoring implementation of agricultural budget in the country to facilitate accountability.


 Date Posted : 8/16/2018 2:17:58 PM

 
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Stakeholders laud Buhari’s success in agric. sector


Lagos – Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have lauded the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Agricultural sector within the last three years.


 Date Posted : 8/16/2018 1:04:54 PM

 
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Importers, ministry officials are killing local fish industry, says CAFFAN


Fish farmers in Nigeria have raised the alarm that frozen fish importers and officials in the Department of Fishery, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, are sabotaging efforts to rev up local fish production.


 Date Posted : 8/16/2018 12:48:22 PM

 
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Anchor Borrowers’ Programme: CBN grants loan to NECAS


The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has granted a sum of N14.9 billion loan to North East Commodity Association (NECAS) through its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP). National President of NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Deware who revealed this in Abuja said that the loan was for a year.


 Date Posted : 8/15/2018 12:37:58 PM

 
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CBN interest rate on agric loans outrageous, says Ogbeh


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has criticized the nine percent interest rate on agricultural loans given to farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), describing it as outrageous.


 Date Posted : 8/15/2018 12:35:22 PM

 
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Fake fertilizer: FEPSAN urges farmers to acquire knowledge


The Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has enjoined crop farmers to acquire knowledge in order to avoid purchase of fake fertilizers from unauthorized dealers and patronize only certified distributors across the country.


 Date Posted : 8/15/2018 12:29:09 PM

 
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FG to boost Agriculture through solar-powered borehole


The Federal Government has said it will install about 997 solar-powered boreholes to improve agriculture in the country.


 Date Posted : 8/15/2018 12:26:37 PM

 
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Agric entrepreneurs suggests agric as solution to hunger, youth unemployment


Agriculture has been described as a potent tool to reduce the alarming rate of poverty and hunger in Nigeria and other developing countries of the world.


 Date Posted : 8/14/2018 1:58:43 PM

 
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Malay Apple unfolds business opportunities for farmers, exporters


For lovers of apple, cash crop farmers and others in the areas of processing and export of apples, an amazing wealth creation opportunity is beckoning with the introduction of Malay apple, a new variety being developed in Nigeria.


 Date Posted : 8/14/2018 12:14:35 PM

 
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FG partners Ogun in fish production


As part of efforts aimed at boosting fish production in Nigeria, the Federal Government has said it is partnering with the Ogun State Government to bolster aquaculture.


 Date Posted : 8/14/2018 12:06:03 PM

 
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Export: How to ensure quality certification of produce


To forestall further rejection of the country’s farm produce in international markets, the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), has advised potential exporters to follow laid down international procedures, guiding movement of commodities to other countries.


 Date Posted : 8/13/2018 2:12:00 PM

 
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Researchers list economic uses of cassava peels


With innovations and technologies, cassava peels have moved from being an environmental nuisance to important economic materials used in animal feeds and mushroom production, among others.


 Date Posted : 8/13/2018 2:06:01 PM

 
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Dangers as charcoal production escalates heat radiation, food shortage, others


Concerned Nigerians have raised the alarm over dangers associated with wanton destruction of the forest in the names of charcoal production and other economic exploitations of the forest.


 Date Posted : 8/13/2018 2:02:43 PM

 
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FG commences agribusiness training for to-be retirees


The Federal Government, through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Abuja, says it is beginning a training on agricultural business for prospective retirees in the federal civil service, today.


 Date Posted : 8/13/2018 2:00:58 PM

 
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Integrated farming, backward integration as sustainable agribusiness strategies


Integrated farming and backward integration are interrelated agricultural and business strategies that most of the strong and prosperous agro-allied businesses have used to still the storms and stay afloat.


 Date Posted : 8/10/2018 1:07:31 PM

 
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FLOUR MILLS, CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE PARTNER ON HYBRID MAIZE SEED DEVELOPMENT


In pursuance of its core strategic focus of transforming the agricultural sector, to feed the nation, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) has announced a strategic partnership with Corteva AgriscienceTM, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, on hybrid maize seed development


 Date Posted : 8/10/2018 1:01:41 PM

 
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Ebonyi government distributes over N700 million to farmers


The sum of N744 million has been approved by the Ebonyi State Government in the interim for distribution to farmers profiled in the agricultural programme of the State for the year 2018.


 Date Posted : 8/10/2018 1:00:05 PM

 
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Land dispute: Stakeholders advocate lasting solutions for farmers


In a bid to foster agricultural development in the country, stakeholders in the sector have advocated for lasting solutions to be implemented concerning the issue of land title faced by farmers in the nation.


 Date Posted : 8/10/2018 12:56:21 PM

 
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Agriculturalist urges farmers to embrace dry season farming


An Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr Joseph Aboyeji, has advised farmers in the country to embrace dry season farming as a way of improving production and increase their income.


 Date Posted : 8/10/2018 12:52:53 PM

 
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Nigeria, others can assess $120m global seed money for fish, soya beans, says TAAT


The programme Coordinator, Technology for Africa Agriculture Transformation [TAAT], Mr. Crist Akem, has revealed that Nigeria, and other African countries with keen interest in fish, soya beans, cassava, vegetables and cocoa production


 Date Posted : 8/9/2018 3:57:21 PM

 
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Agric entrepreneurs suggests agric as solution to hunger, youth unemployment


Agriculture has been described as a potent tool to reduce the alarming rate of poverty and hunger in Nigeria and other developing countries of the world.


 Date Posted : 8/9/2018 3:53:48 PM

 
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Dangote group calls for ban on importation


Dansa Agro-allied Ltd, a subsidiary of Dangote group, has called on the Federal Government to eradicate the importation of tomato paste and implement policies that will encourage the development of tomato processing plants in the country.


 Date Posted : 8/9/2018 3:50:19 PM

 
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Niger flags off road construction to support Agrobusiness


As part of efforts aimed at improving farmers’ productivity in Niger state, the state government has commenced the construction of a 55 kilometres road in Layun Local Government area of the State, under the second phase of its Rural Roads Mobility Project (RAMP).


 Date Posted : 8/9/2018 3:49:06 PM

 
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Farmers’ data base: Ondo mandates ID cards for farmers


Ondo State Government has said that farmers operating in forest reserves across the State must use the self-identity cards designed in order to create a date base for them.


 Date Posted : 8/9/2018 3:47:48 PM

 
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NIRSAL set to finance 4,000,000 Nigerian farmers


The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) has said it will finance 4,000,000 farmers in the country before December 2018.


 Date Posted : 8/8/2018 2:53:35 PM

 
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Association urges FG to ban cotton importation


As part of efforts aimed at reviving cotton manufacturing within the nation, the Cotton Ginners Association of Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to ban importation of cotton into the country.


 Date Posted : 8/8/2018 2:52:12 PM

 
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Ministry embarks on rehabilitation of rural roads


As part of efforts aimed at unraveling agricultural potentials in rural areas, the Ministry of Agriculture has flagged off the construction and resuscitation of 22 rural roads across seven States under the IFAD-assisted climate change adaptation and agribusiness support programme


 Date Posted : 8/8/2018 2:49:52 PM

 
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AfDB plans to boost fish production to 5 million tonnes


In a bid to increase aquaculture production in Africa, the African Development Bank through its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme intends to raise yield by five million tonnes by 2025.


 Date Posted : 8/8/2018 2:48:00 PM

 
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Rice Smuggling: Nigeria, Benin, Niger move to hatch solutions


In a bid to maintain peaceful relationship among neighbouring countries, Nigeria, Benin and Niger have agreed to meet in order to address the problem of Rice smuggling facing all three countries.


 Date Posted : 8/7/2018 12:18:47 PM

 
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Farmers to get 9m yam seedlings in 2019 under CBN programme


Abuja – No fewer than nine million yam seedlings are to be distributed to yam farmers across the country under the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme, (ABP) the Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export says.


 Date Posted : 8/7/2018 12:10:32 PM

 
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Jigawa to start exporting goats to Kuwait, others


Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru has said that the state will soon start the exportation of goats to Kuwaiti and other Arab countries as its goats multiplication farming programme begins to yields results.


 Date Posted : 8/7/2018 11:49:06 AM

 
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Maize, rice farmers accuse NIRSAL of diverting CBN loans


Nigerian maize and rice farmers have accused Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), an offshoot of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), of delaying their maize and rice cultivation for the year by unnecessarily holding back loan.


 Date Posted : 8/7/2018 11:37:19 AM

 
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Anxiety over poor harvest eases as rainfall picks up in Jigawa


Anxiety over poor harvest in this year’s farming season following a dry spell experienced in Jigawa State has now been replaced with hope of bumper harvest as crops are now flourishing following appreciable amount of rainfall recorded in the state in the recent past.


 Date Posted : 8/6/2018 11:51:26 AM

 
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Dwarf technology opens new window for cash crops farmers


Based on the current drive to use Agriculture as one of the channels to revitalise the economy, encouraging cash crop production, considered as a money spinning aspect of the sector, remains inevitable.


 Date Posted : 8/6/2018 11:36:36 AM

 
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Soft loans, supply of inputs will guarantee food security- Association


The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (ALFAN), Rivers Branch, says granting of soft loans to farmers and supply of inputs will guarantee food security in Nigeria.


 Date Posted : 8/6/2018 10:39:52 AM

 
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Experts, BOA explain agric loan conditions as farmers lament poor funding


Financial experts and the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) have explained conditions attached to getting agric facilities while farmers narrate their ordeals getting loans.


 Date Posted : 8/2/2018 2:42:20 PM

 
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Kolanut: Stakeholders raise concern as Ghana overtakes Nigeria in production


Kolanut is an important economic cash crop, commercially produced in tropical rainforests of Central and West Africa. It is a perennial crop that grows well in hot humid climates. Aside Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire are other leading producers.


 Date Posted : 8/2/2018 2:36:48 PM

 
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CBN orders lending to agric sector, inflation rises on food items


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed deposit money banks to increase lending to the agricultural sector to check rising food prices.


 Date Posted : 8/2/2018 2:32:20 PM

 
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Okitipupa oil palm firm bounces back, begins production


After six years of disruptive recess, occasioned by the interference of misgovernance, the Okitipupa Oil Palm Company (OOPC) Plc, Ondo State, has finally bounced back into active operation and effective production.


 Date Posted : 8/2/2018 2:26:59 PM

 
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Centre boosts Nigeria’s agric productivity with initiative




Worried by the nation’s growing population which may trigger food and humanitarian crisis, the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Monday, announced a partnership with Alluvial Agriculture, a collective farming business grouping thousands of smallholders


 Date Posted : 8/2/2018 2:25:10 PM

 
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Plateau governor promises to train indigenes on modern agricultural techniques


The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has promised to train more indigenes on modern agricultural practices and innovation.


 Date Posted : 7/31/2018 12:42:37 PM

 
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Anambra To Key Into FG Proposed Livestock Production Project


“FG Proposed Livestock Production Project” Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has declared the state’s willingness to key into Federal Government’s Livestock Agricultural Production Project


 Date Posted : 7/30/2018 1:31:17 PM

 
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FG Trains 100 Farmers On Control, Management Of Fall Army Worm


The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday said it had trained 100 farmers selected from six states on the control and management of Fall Armyworm.


 Date Posted : 7/30/2018 1:19:57 PM

 
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Plateau: Pankshin LG boss commences sale of 16 trucks of fertilizer to farmers


The council boss warned farmers against re-sale of the commodity, saying “such an act will not be tolerated but meet with the wrath of the law.’’


 Date Posted : 7/30/2018 1:17:29 PM

 
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Kebbi Produces 3.6m Tonnes of Nation’s Rice Requirement Annually


Alhaji Muhammad Shehu, the Permanent Secretary, Kebbi Ministry of Agriculture, has said that the state produced 3.6 million tonnes of rice out of the 5.7 million tonnes of the nation’s annual requirement.


 Date Posted : 7/30/2018 1:15:13 PM

 
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Over 33,000 Farmers to Enjoy CBN Anchor Borrowers Loan in Zamfara.


The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has said that 33,974 rice farmers will benefit from the CBN Anchors Borrowers loan in Zamfara state.


 Date Posted : 7/30/2018 1:13:10 PM

 
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PCNI Reach out to Farmers with Free Fertilizer in Northeast


Alkasim Abdulkadir, Abuja: On Monday the 23rd of July, the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) commenced the distribution of fertiliser to farmers in 101 wards of 9 local government areas in the Southern Borno Senatorial District.


 Date Posted : 7/30/2018 1:07:41 PM

 
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Official: Why farmers fail to access government credits facilities


With the kick-off of the new farming circle lace with complaints by farmers over their inability to access farm credits and facilities, a Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (state) has identified impatience and lack of professional advice as some of the hindrances to accessing government agricultural credit facilities by farmers.


 Date Posted : 7/27/2018 1:40:56 PM

 
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Yobe government entices workers with land, farm inputs to embrace agriculture


The Yobe State Government says it has procured 1,000 hectares of land and loaned it out along with other farm inputs to civil servants to enable them engage in farming activities.


 Date Posted : 7/27/2018 1:35:53 PM

 
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3,509 Kwara farmers to benefit from N1billion CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme


Some of the 3, 509 farmers in Kwara State have begun to benefit from the first phase of the N1billion 2018 Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) facilitated by the CBN and the Kwara State Government.


 Date Posted : 7/27/2018 1:31:50 PM

 
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FAO distributes seeds, fertiliser to farmers displaced by Boko Haram


At least one million farmers who were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states are being assisted by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to resume farming.


 Date Posted : 7/27/2018 11:42:35 AM

 
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1,840 youths, women to benefit from Fadama III AF II Project in Bauchi


Tayo Adewumi, National Project Coordinator, Fadama III Project, has said 1,840 Internally Displaced youths and women in Bauchi state are to benefit from the Community Action Plan (CAP).


 Date Posted : 7/20/2018 12:41:42 PM

 
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Rice production threatened as farmers remain in IDP camps


There are fears of impending rice insufficiency by the end of this year’s cropping season as over 12,000 rice farmers, still in various Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps across Benue State, are unable to return to their farms to engage in their age-long occupation.


 Date Posted : 7/2/2018 11:51:22 AM

 
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Rice production in Nigeria hits 15 million tonnes — Official


Local rice production in Nigeria has now reached 15 million metric tonnes annually, the government has claimed.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:42:55 PM

 
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Nigeria to establish commodities’ certification centres – Ogbeh


The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, said the federal government will soon establish commodities’ certification centres across the six geo-political zones to aid certification and standardisation.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:41:12 PM

 
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NSIA to revamp 20 fertilizer-blending plants by 2018


A total of 20 fertiliser-blending plants will be revamped by September 2018, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA has said.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:35:47 PM

 
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Farmers to get 4 million bags of fertilizers before end of 2017 – Presidency


The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, PFI, will deliver 4 million bags of 50kg Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) fertilizer to farmers, at an affordable price, before the end of the year.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:33:34 PM

 
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Farmers to get 4 million bags of fertilizers before end of 2017 – Presidency


The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, PFI, will deliver 4 million bags of 50kg Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK) fertilizer to farmers, at an affordable price, before the end of the year.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:33:18 PM

 
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200,000 farmers from 29 states benefit from CBN’s N43.92 billion programme – Spokesperson


The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, says it has so far disbursed N43.92 billion to local farmers through the Anchor Borrowers Programme, an agricultural intervention programme of CBN.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:21:26 PM

 
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Dangote to employ several graduates in new rice farming initiative


A multi-million Naira youth farming initiative that will engage teeming unemployed Nigerian graduates in rice farming has been launched by the Dangote Rice Limited in Kogi State.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:14:49 PM

 
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Nigeria has enough food stock to address shortages in 2018 – Minister


The Federal Government said on Sunday that it had stocked enough food to address possible shortages in some states in 2018.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:07:35 PM

 
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Buhari pledges to implement report on Nigeria’s food security


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received the report of Participants of Senior Executive Course 39 of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, with a pledge to implement its recommendations.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:04:15 PM

 
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Nigeria will attain self-sufficiency in rice production in 2018, Lai Mohammed says


The Nigerian government has restated its earlier claim that the administration will soon attain its goal of self-sufficiency in rice production for the country, come 2018.


 Date Posted : 6/25/2018 2:00:54 PM

 
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CBN revises guidelines for agric scheme


The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, says it has revised the guidelines for Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme, CACS, to include Non-Interest Financial Institutions, NIFIs.


 Date Posted : 6/14/2018 12:52:17 PM

 
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FG offers input to 40, 000 rice farmers in Zamfara, Kebbi


More than 40, 000 rice farmers are to receive farming inputs from the federal government in Kebbi and Zamfara States for dry season farming, local officials said on Monday.


 Date Posted : 6/13/2018 10:32:12 AM

 
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Nigerian beans set for export to Europe – UNIDO


The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will begin a pilot export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union in April.


 Date Posted : 6/13/2018 10:22:59 AM

 
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Nigerian farmers refuse to repay N60 billion loan – Bank of Agriculture


The Bank of Agriculture (BoA) said on Wednesday in Lagos that it was on a recovery mission of disbursed funds to farmers, totalling over N60 billion.


 Date Posted : 6/13/2018 10:19:09 AM

 
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Agriculture pulled Nigeria out of recession – Envoys


African and European diplomats on Wednesday lauded Nigeria’s agriculture sector for its role in pulling the country out of recession.


 Date Posted : 6/13/2018 10:16:11 AM

 
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Bauchi women devise local method of processing, preserving tomato paste


Women in Bauchi have devised a way of processing and preserving tomato paste locally for sale or consumption at home in times of scarcity.


 Date Posted : 6/13/2018 10:05:33 AM

 
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Nigerian govt to revive 12 moribund fertiliser plants – Official


The federal government is to revive 12 moribund fertiliser blending plants to bring to 23 the total number of plants that will partake in 2018 Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI), an official says.


 Date Posted : 6/12/2018 2:33:25 PM

 
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One million smallholder farmers to get discounted seeds, cropping technology – NIRSAL


Over one million smallholder farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Programme will benefit from seeds and cropping technology deal between Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) and Syngenta Agrochemical Company.


 Date Posted : 6/12/2018 1:55:54 PM

 
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How to register small agri-businesses


Registering businesses seems to be a big deal for especially small Nigerian entrepreneurs who feel they would be extorted or required to provide documents that would be hard to provide.


 Date Posted : 12/31/2017 4:39:16 PM

 
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KEY POLICY CHOICES ENCAPSULATED IN THE AGRICULTURE PROMOTION POLICY (APP)


The key policy choices encapsulated in the APP are listed below. The matrix is organized along the 3 thematic categories: boosting productivity, intensifying role of private investors, and rebuilding the Ministry’s capacity to conduct its core regulatory roles.


 Date Posted : 11/23/2016 11:44:55 AM

 
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The Green Alternative- Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP)-Prioritizing Crops


Nigeria is facing two key gaps in agriculture today: an inability to meet domestic food requirements and an inability to export at quality levels required for market success. Putting Nigeria’s agriculture sector on a path to growth will require actions to solve these two gaps.


 Date Posted : 11/4/2016 3:33:16 PM

 
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Green Alternative: Agric Ministry launches e-agricultural portal to improve information access


The FMARD has launched an electronic agricultural portal to improve access to information on agriculture & entire value-chains. The Minister of State for Agric&RD, Dr. Heineken during Launch of E-Agric& inauguration of steering Council for the platform said ICT initiative meant


 Date Posted : 11/1/2016 12:41:52 PM

 
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ABU develops remedy for tomato Ebola – Vice Chancellor


The Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, says researchers in the institution have successfully developed a remedy for Tuta Absoluta, popularly called Tomato Ebola. Garba said this while responding to questions on the News Agency of Nigeria.


 Date Posted : 8/2/2016 10:56:21 AM

 
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