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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state

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. This, he said, will enhance conflict resolution, peace and development in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that Mr Lalong made this statement on Tuesday when he visited the…

Contraband rice seized by the Nigerian Customs Service

Nigeria Customs confiscates 11 vehicles smuggling foreign rice

The Nigeria Customs Service has confiscated vehicles carrying bags of foreign rice along Kaduna, Zaria and Kano. According to a NAN report, the assistant comptroller and commander, strike force of the command, Ekanem Wills, confirmed this on Monday while speaking to journalists in Kaduna about the smuggled rice. “We were…

Experts advise Nigerians on benefits of Yoga

Medical experts on Thursday spoke of the many benefits of yoga, as practitioners in Nigeria on Thursday joined others across the world to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. In December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, with the aim to raise awareness…

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Nigeria, Morocco agree to promote agricultural cooperation

The minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh, and his Moroccan counterpart, Aziz Akhannouch, have signed a cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical support, which will enhance capacity for agricultural management in Nigeria. The two countries signed three agreements on agricultural cooperation, a gas pipeline and a basic…

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Movie Review: ‘Swallow’ – Climate Change and Food Security in Nigeria

A movie has documented the grave challenges posed by climate change, inadequate infrastructure and poor agricultural practices to food security in Nigeria. An initiative of the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation, the documentary titled "Swallow' exposes an alarming decline in number of fish in the Niger Delta as well as underweight…

How neglected PHCs leave many in Nasarawa without healthcare

The Federal Government flagged off the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) revitalisation programme January last year. Several months later, PREMIUM TIMES visited 12 of the facilities across Nasarawa State and found only two of them under renovation. In the others, it was mostly the same case of a few ill-trained staff…

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

Audu Ogbeh to open national symposium on resolving risk in Nigeria’s agricultural value chain

A national symposium to focus attention on fixing the bottlenecks in the nation’s agricultural value chain will hold on November 27 at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre Abuja. The symposium is organized by Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ, and the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, NIRSAL.…

Farm experts take stock to tackle food security in Nigeria

Farm experts drawn from the diverse field of the country’s agricultural value chain rose from a two-day meeting, at the Reiz continental hotel Abuja, on Tuesday, hearing how a German development initiative, the Green Innovations Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Nigeria, has trained over 27,000 farmers and…