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Pufferfish [PHOTO: New Atlas]

Official warns Nigerians against eating deadly fish, fugu

The Assistant Director, Fisheries of the Federal Capital Territory Administration’s Department of Fishery, Jonah Dabit, has warned Nigerians to be wary of the danger of consuming a lethal fish animal group called the pufferfish. Mr Dabit, disclosed this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday. Pufferfish, commonly known as…

Coffee farmers during a harvest [PHOTO: the coffee partners]

Africa’s Coffee Farmers Losing Billions to Exploitation Annually – Report

Millions of coffee farmers across Africa are facing economic devastation as coffee prices offered to them continue to be on a downward trajectory, often below production costs, a report by Selina Wamucii has revealed. In a statement by Selina Wamucii, on Tuesday titled ‘Misery at the Farm: Africa's Coffee Farmers…

Mustapha Baba-Shehuri [Photo: Daily Trust]

Synergy between agriculture, housing sectors, vital to productivity of Nigerian farmers – Minister

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri, has said the greatest way to improve the productivity of Nigerian farmers is by establishing a strong link between agriculture and housing. This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by the director information for the ministry, Ikemefuna Ezeaja.…

PIGS

UN agencies call for global action to halt spread of deadly pig disease – Report

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have called for concerted global action to halt the spread of a deadly pig disease, African Swine Fever (ASF). The agencies called on countries and development partners to join forces to fight…

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA). [Photo credit: Opportunity Desk]

60 million more people went hungry in last six years – UN Report

The number of undernourished people in the world has increased by more than 60 million people since 2014, a report by key United Nations agencies has said. According to the report, "State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World," published on Monday, tens of millions have joined the ranks…

Cashew used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Imgur]

FG to distribute over 38,000kg of improved cashew seeds to farmers

The federal government says it is supporting smallholder farmers through their various associations and cooperatives with 38,142KG of improved cashew seeds for distribution to 3,798 of cashew farmers across the country. The Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development, Muhammad Nanono, stated this on Thursday when he flagged off an exercise…

Milk products to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Food Safety Helpline]

Global food prices rebound in June – FAO

In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven primarily by a 'rebound' in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. It, however, said in the cereal and meat markets, most prices remained under…

Food Security: Nigerian Army seeks support, collaboration with ministry

As part effort to ensure that Nigeria is food sufficient, the Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited (NAFARL) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are set to collaborate towards achieving food security and boosting agribusiness development in Nigeria. This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by…

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

Food prices highest in Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Edo in May — NBS

Prices of food items rose highest in Ebonyi, Bayelsa and Edo States in Nigeria in May, the consumer price index report released on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown. The report revealed that on a month on month basis, food price inflation was highest in Ebonyi…

A food market in Ibafo in Nigeria’s Ogun State. The effects of COVID-19 on food systems will be keenly felt in poorer countries. [Photo - The Conversation]

Global food markets face uncertainties in 2020, 2021 — FAO

Food markets will face many more months of uncertainty due to COVID-19, but the agri-food sector is likely to show more resilience to the pandemic than other sectors, a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations says. The food outlook report published on Thursday on…

Dead cows

Kano herders lament as disease outbreak kills many cows

An outbreak of cattle disease called Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) has occurred in Kano State, killing many cows. The chairman of Dairy and Livestock Husbandry Cooperative Union in the state, Usman Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday. CBPP is a disease of cattle and water…

Cassava farm used to illustrate story

IITA recommends ‘efficient’ herbicides for cassava weed control

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has recommended safer and environment-friendly pre-emergence herbicide options for weed control in cassava production in Nigeria. The institute, in a report published June 6, said the herbicides have excellent efficiency against broadleaf weeds and grasses for up to eight weeks after planting cassava…

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA). [Photo credit: Opportunity Desk]

30 countries to benefit from global environment impact fund – FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has welcomed a decision by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) council to allocate $1.76 million to tackle critical agriculture and environmental projects in 30 nations. All projects, many climate related, will be co-financed by the governments of Albania, Algeria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Guinea,…

Cassava used to illustrate the story.

IITA develops cheaper, faster tool for identifying cassava pest -Report

Scientists at CGIAR-IITA have developed a more cost and time-effective molecular diagnostic tool that can help identify different subgroups of cassava whiteflies, Bemisia tabaci, accurately, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has announced in a report. The report published May 27 was on a research by a vector Entomologist…

Baskets of tomatoes [Photo: Daily Post]

Traders report tomato shortage as pest reappears in Kano

The price of fresh tomato is rising across Nigeria as the Tuta Absoluta pest ravages farms in the northern part of the country. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the resurfacing of the pest had affected tomato farms in Kano State. The National President of Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria…

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Tomato ‘Ebola’ resurfaces in Kano, ravages farms

The Kano State chairman of Tomato Out Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN), Sani Danladi, has revealed that Tuta absoluta, one of the most devastating pests affecting tomato crops, has resurfaced in the state, destroying farms. Mr Danladi disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES in an interview on Thursday. Tuta absoluta is…

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria’s seed council certifies 81,000 metric tons for farming season

The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) has certified 81,000 metric tons of seeds across the country, Philip Ojo, the director general, has said. This was disclosed by the official while addressing journalists in a virtual meeting, Tuesday. "Today as I speak with you, the industry has available at the disposal…

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

How coronavirus pandemic will slow down 2020 farming season – Farmers

Farming season in Nigeria will progress slower than usual this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the attendant lockdown in states, farmers have said. The farmers, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, said food security would be threatened this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is a deadly respiratory…

Officials of the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and other groups have urged young Nigerian students to ensure environmental sustainability through planting of trees and creation of gardens

VOXPOP: International Day of Forests: Importance of trees and creation of gardens

The Day celebrates and raises awareness on the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJnr0usQkF4&w=560&h=315]

A large farmland used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Africa Business Classroom]

COVID-19 will have a negative impact on food security – Experts

Experts in the agricultural sector have said that the fast-spreading COVID-19 across the country will have a negative impact on food security in the nation. The Special Adviser to the Oyo State Government on Agric Business, Debo Akande, disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES in an interview on Monday. He said…

The chairman Tomato Growers Association of Nigeria (TOGAN) Kano State Chapter Mr. Danladi Sani standing infront of the newly purchased tomato crates. (Photo Credit: Mary Izuaka)

After losing millions years past, Nigeria tomato farmers find ways to cut post-harvest losses

It is a bright February morning in Kwanar Gafan, the largest tomato market in Kano State. It is a peak period of harvest and sales of the perishable crop. At only 9a.m., hundreds of buyers and sellers are already at the haggling business. On the other side of the market…

Cowpea

Cowpea: Nigeria to come out of EU ban in 2021

The Cowpea and Beans Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria has begun plans that will see Nigeria export quality beans to the European market, as the ban placed on the country is expected to be lifted by 2021. The National President of the association, Shittu Mohammed, disclosed this to…

Sorghum plantation

Nigeria to begin export of sorghum — Crops Institute

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics's country representative in Nigeria, Hakeem Ajeigbe, has said that Nigerian-farmed sorghum will soon be exported as the demand of the produce has been on increase from local and international consumers. Consumption rate is also expected to increase across the country, he…

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Kano farmers hail Anchor Borrowers Programme, seek increased funding for agriculture

Farmers in Kano State have hailed the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) ongoing Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) but tasked government to increase funding for the agriculture sector. They said this is to ensure increased productivity and galvanise the drive to make Nigeria food sufficient by 2030, in line with the…

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Climate Change: How Changing Weather Patterns Impacted Agriculture, Health, other key sectors in Nigeria in 2019 – Report

Changing weather patterns triggered by climate change had a direct negative effect on many key developmental sectors in Nigeria in 2019, according to the latest report released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Nimet). The weather and climate agency said the situation was worrisome, and, if not checked, could have a…