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Prices of animal feed rise after CBN’s stoppage of maize importation forex

Prices of poultry and fish feed have increased across the country weeks after the Central Bank of Nigeria stopped the issuance of forex for the importation of maize. Traders and farmers attributed the hike in prices to the scarcity and sudden increase in the cost of the grain. A market…

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Nigerian farmers reduce maize production target due to COVID-19, insecurity

The association of maize farmers in Nigeria said its members have reduced their 25 million metric tons production target for 2020 by 30 per cent due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and insecurity in the country. The chairman, Maize Association of Nigeria Nigeria (MAAN), Abubakar Bello Funtua, reportedly said this…

A Maize Farm [PHOTO CREDIT: AgroNewsNigeria]

CBN suspends importation of maize

A day after a PREMIUM TIMES report showed that Nigeria's maize importation failed to decline in two years despite farmers saying they can meet local demand, the Central Bank of Nigeria has stopped the issuance of forex for the importation of the cereal. The CBN made this known on Monday…

A Maize Farm [PHOTO CREDIT: AgroNewsNigeria]

As farmers seek import ban, Nigeria buys same quantity of maize abroad

Nigeria imported its second-largest volume of maize in a decade in 2019, maintaining the same level it recorded the previous year, despite calls by farmers for a restriction on the importation of the cereal, data analysed by PREMIUM TIMES show. Data obtained from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA)…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed said Nigerians not cooperating over measures to stop the Coronavirus spread

FG to establish over 600 farm mechanisation centres

The federal government has said it will start up a programme, “The Green Imperative”, which will lead to the establishment of 632 farm mechanisation centres in the country. The government said the mechanisation centres will support food production in all the local government areas of the country so as to…

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Where many farmers lost, some gained

For many Nigerian farmers, the lockdown imposed by states and the federal government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus was no good news. Across the country, farmers lamented the impact of the lockdowns and counted their losses as restriction of movement ruined sales and affected supply chains. Ayodokun Oluwafemi,…

Tomatoes harvested in Akwa Ibom farms

FG plans to establish 142 agro-processing centres

The Nigerian government said it has set up plans to establish 142 agro-processing centres across the country, with one centre in each senatorial district of the six geo-political zones. The government said the development will help revolutionise the agricultural sector in Nigeria. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, alongside the…

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Nigeria, Afghanistan, others worst hit by food crisis in 2019 – Report

Nigeria was among 10 countries of the world most affected by food crisis in 2019, the 2020 Global Food Crisis Report has said. The joint report, funded by the European Union and USAID, said the 10 countries accounted for 65 per cent of the world's total population of people who…

Tubers of Yam

Things to know about yam storage facility launched by federal govt in Benue

In an effort to promote a smooth agricultural value chain in Nigeria, the federal government this week inaugurated a yam storage facility in Benue State reported as being able to store up to 200,000 tubers of yam. The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, did the inauguration virtually on Tuesday. The storage…

Tubers of Yam

COVID19: Work in shifts, researchers advise yam seed producers, farmers

In order to secure food sufficiency in the next coming season due to the challenging period of coronavirus pandemic, researchers have advised yam seed producers and farmers to work in shifts to ensure continuity even during the pandemic. The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) said this in a report…

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Food Crisis: 50 million at risk in West Africa if pandemic worsens – FAO Official

At least 50 million people could face a severe food crisis in West Africa if the current coronavirus pandemic worsens, an official of the UN food body, FAO, has said. Coumba Sow, FAO Resilience Coordinator for West Africa, said in an interview published on the website of the Food and…

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Four million hectares of forests lost globally in 2019 – Report

The world lost close to four million hectares of tropical forest in 2019, at the rate of one football pitch every second, new data released Tuesday from Global Forest Watch said. It was the third biggest forest loss this century – starting in the year 2000. Global Forest Watch is…

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Agriculture’s contribution to Nigeria’s economy in Q1 ‘highest in two years’ – NBS

The contribution of Nigeria’s agricultural sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2020 was the sector's highest first-quarter contribution in the last two years, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. Figures released on Tuesday showed that the sector in the first…

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How Nigeria can use agriculture to mitigate COVID-19 impact — Expert

The Nigerian economy has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis that has caused hardship around the world. Oil prices have fallen and many nations are facing recession or even depression. For Nigeria that relies heavily on oil revenue, it is a dire situation. As the government searches…

Agric Funding: Comparing Nigeria under Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan, Buhari

Despite repeated assurances by successive governments, Nigeria has consistently underfunded its agricultural sector, leaving the country at the risk of food insufficiency and slow economic growth. The country has the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, according to the world poverty clock in 2018. With very low income…

FILE: A farmer in Marnona, Sokoto State, Nigeria

Nigeria doing poorly in agric research — Senate President

Nigeria is doing poorly in agricultural research despite the country's high poverty level and and food insufficiency, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has said. The senate president said this on Thursday as the Senate considered a bill that seeks to amend the Agricultural Research and Development. “I want to say…

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South Africa, Zambia, Ghana ahead of Nigeria in World Bank’s agric-business ranking

Nigeria ranked behind South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique and other African countries in the latest World Bank evaluation of countries’ performance in agriculture and farming across the continent. Nigeria scored seventh in The Enabling the Business of Agriculture report published December 2019, with an aggregate score of 49.17. The figure…

Nigeria Sugar Masterplan: Expert criticises poor implementation

A leading expert in sugar production in Nigeria and professor of plant science, Inuwa Bello of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has complained about the lack of commitment in the implementation of Nigeria Sugar Master Plan 2020 project. Speaking in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Bello said, "Lack of…

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Six digital tools for smart cassava farmers in 2020

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has developed digital tools that will be useful to Nigerian cassava farmers in the 2020 planting season and years after. The organisation made this known in a press release signed by its Digital Extension and Advisory Services Specialist, Godwin Atser, on February 6.…

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How Buhari, Jonathan, Obasanjo govts failed Nigeria on key agric funding treaty

Seventeen years after the African Union passed the Maputo Declaration of 2003, which among other things stipulates the allocation of 10 per cent of federal budgets to development of agriculture, Nigeria is yet to implement the agreement. This is in spite that the Nigerian government signed the agreement in 2003,…