AGRICULTURE

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 Green Imperative Program is a Nigeria-Brazil led the bilateral agriculture development program launched by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, in January 2019.

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

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

The minister said the initiative would ensure a more sustainable and resilient food system in Nigeria.

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

Global food prices rebound in June – FAO

The agency, however, said prices in the cereal and meat markets “remained under downward pressure.”

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

ITFC finances Afreximbank with $200mn to support agric export in Sub-Saharan Africa

Murabaha financing agreement delivers critical support for thousands of farmers exporting food commodities across the continent as COVID-19 impacts global food commodity prices

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Nigerian govt. earmarks N600bn for agriculture financing scheme

The federal government says the N600 billion will enhance farmer access to agricultural financing in the country.

A farmland used to tell the story

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

Some farmers said the lockdowns allowed them to give more attention to their farms.

Nigerian govt distributes 66,000 cocoa seedlings to smallholder farmers

The government “is also distributing over 18,000kg of organic insecticide to combat armyworm infestation in maize”.

Cassava farm used to illustrate story

Project to build sustainable cassava seed system in Africa gets new phase

In June, this programme benefited from a new investment of $14.3 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Food Security: Nigerian Army seeks support, collaboration with ministry

Mr Nanono expressed satisfaction with NAFARL’s acceptance to key into the ministry’s programme, especially mechanization and extension services.

Tomatoes harvested in Akwa Ibom farms

FG plans to establish 142 agro-processing centres

The government said the development will help revolutionise the agricultural sector in Nigeria.

Farmers applying pesticides on farm

Nigerian farmers decry govt’s plan to spend N13.9bn on pest control

Government said N2.8billion from the sum for control of migratory pests would be disbursed to 12 front line states in the northern part of Nigeria

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

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

Zamfara and Akwa Ibom recorded price deflation or negative inflation rates (general decrease in the general price level of food) in May.

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How homestead garden can help tackle food insecurity — Group

The initiative is aimed at creating healthier and rich food supply, as well as a safe environment for all, as homestead gardening can have significant impacts on food security in the country.

Tubers of Yam

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

The storage facilities, located at Zaki Biam in the Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, were built by the federal government and donated to the Benue State government.

President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

Nigeria’s revenue from cocoa, sesame seeds export increases – Buhari

“Our efforts on growing non-oil exports have started to yield some results. For instance, in the past year, our revenue from cocoa and sesame seed increased by $79.4 million and $153 million,” Mr Buhari said.

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

The food outlook provides a forecast for production and market trends for cereals, oil crops, meat, dairy, fish and sugar.

Rattan Lal-Haiti Working

Soil scientist named 2020 world food prize laureate

Mr Lal began his research career at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria.

Dead cows

Kano herders lament as disease outbreak kills many cows

Scores of cows have died from the disease in Kano, herders said.

Tubers of Yam

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

“We advised our partners to work in shifts- always have at least one person who can stay on-site for two–three days and take care of the plants in aeroponics, hydroponics and nurseries,” Mr Marcya said.

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Anchor Borrowers Programme: CBN to fund 1.6 million farmers for 2020 farming season

CBN said it is financing the farmers under its 10 focal commodities which cuts across the value chains.

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

African Development Bank unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food security against impacts of COVID-19

A report released alongside the roadmap recommends immediate, short- and medium-term solutions for the agriculture sector

Muhammad Nanono

FG begins distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers – Official

The inputs distributed to the smallholder farmers include varieties of rice, maize, and wheat seeds including palm seedlings, the official said.

Farmers applying pesticides on farm

Nigerian farmers lament rise in prices of essential inputs as planting season begins

Farmers who fell back on their savings during the coronavirus-induced lockdown said prices of inputs have risen drastically and they cannot access loans as they enter the planting season.

Cassava farm used to illustrate story

How BASICS is changing Nigeria’s cassava seed sector, creating seed entrepreneurs

Researchers say in the last 5 years, BASICS has created a viable and sustainable cassava seed system in Nigeria.

Malnourished children Photo: www.arabiangazette.com

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

Across West Africa, as of April, over 11 million people needed immediate food assistance – mostly due to conflict.