News Report

Pupils during the feeding programme

School Feeding Programme: Each meal per child costs N70 — Govt

The government says it feeds 9.7 million children daily.

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Non-passage of key agricultural bills worries Nigerian farmers, experts

These bills, among others, will ensure that farmers enjoy high yields of agriculture produce.

Left -Right in front row: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Ogun State, Rev James Olugbebi; Professor of Agricultural Communication and Extension, Muhammed Yahaya Kuta; IITA Director for West Africa, Robert Asiedu; Governor-Elect of Oyo state, Engineer Seyi Makinde; Leader of Delegation from Liverpool John Moores University, Dr Lilian Otaye-Ebede; and IITA Director for Advocacy and Country Alignment function, Dr Kwesi Atta-Krah at the workshop Human Resource Development of Rural Farmers through Innovative Information Technology in IITA Ibadan that ended Tuesday.

Makinde reveals what he’ll do for Oyo agric sector

Mr Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party will be sworn in as Oyo governor on May 29.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

VSF distributes N600 million farm inputs to victims of Boko Haram

A total of 4,000 households benefitted from the inputs.

Niger Delta militants

Presidential amnesty programme trains over 20, 000 ex-combatants in Niger Delta

The current phase of PAP is focusing on the rehabilitation of the people and bringing them and the impacted communities back to a state they can be useful to themselves.

Mass Burial for Victims of Benue Killings

Herders, farmers clashes claimed 7,000 lives in Benue, Nasarawa in five years — U.S. Report

The report also says the violence has cost the Nigerian economy $13 billion a year over the past five years.

tomatoes

Prices of selected food stuff increased in April — NBS

The average price of one dozen of medium sized agric egg increased from N459.81 in March to N467.18 in April.

River used to illustrate a story

FG to hand over 9 irrigation systems to Sokoto Rima River basin

Benefiting states have been urged to take ownership of the projects and ensure that security of water infrastructure was made a top priority.

Rice

Kenya to embrace technology to boost rice production

Kenya’s agriculture minister said the introduction of hybrid seeds would address rice productivity gap in Kenya and Africa at large.

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the swearing-in of Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem as the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, SSG.

Akwa Ibom governor sacks commissioner

No reason has been given for the governor’s action.

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Group seeks Buhari’s ‘speedy assent’ to agriculture seeds bill

Stakeholders say the bill gives the National Agricultural Seeds Advocacy Group more power and authority to regulate seed activities in Nigeria

Mr Isa Ardo

Jigawa Land Grabbing: Protesting farmers lament arrest, treatment by govt

The Jigawa State Government has allocated 12,000 hectares of the farmlands to a Chinese firm.

Dry Season Farming: Over 350,000 Kebbi farmers unable to participate this year – AFAN

The group says its records reveal only 150,000 farmers are farming, out of the 500,000 who participated in the 2018 dry season farming

Anam Yams

Nigeria’s yam exporters want duty-free export to Europe

The yam exporters shared what they learnt from Ghana.

Cassava used to illustrate the story.

Nigerian farmers to obtain free advisory on cassava production via mobile phones

This move will complement the extension work we are doing in Nigeria by offering farmers the information they need in real time.

audu-ogbeh

FG to finalise BoA recapitalisation in 90 days

The recapitalisation will be done with an estimated N250 billion.

Nnimmo Bassey

Why Nigeria Should Develop own Indigenous Plant Variety Protection Laws – Experts

Nigeria currently does not participate in the multibillion-dollar global seed trade as a result of lack of a Plant Variety Protection law in the country.

National Agriculture Seeds Council (NASC), conference.

Nigerian agency to begin electronic verification of seeds – DG

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) says e-certification will enable easy tracking of seeds to the source

Nigerian entrepreneur Fajemi Gognaje, 35 years old, started a new business in 2016, selling agricultural inputs like seed and fertilizer. The Feed the Future project, implemented by Catholic Relief Services and local partners in Nigeria, was the catalyst by connecting him to private sector suppliers and manufacturers that give him credit. Background: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), Mercy Corps, the Federation for Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Making Cents International, is implementing the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project. This is a 5-year program with support from USAID and cost share from CRS and partners. The Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project is based in rural communities in Northern Nigeria’s Sokoto and Kebbi states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and is using a multi-sector approach that will help 42,000 very poor households (HHs) grow their agriculture production, incomes and improve nutrition. Photo by Michael Stulman/Catholic Relief Services

USAID launches $300 million agribusiness investment in Nigeria

Over the course of the five-year award, the Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to facilitate $200 million in new lending.

Bags of rice

Over 70% of rice in Nigerian markets is foreign – Report

The Economic Confidential conducted a survey in major markets across Nigeria where rice is sold.

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

Ogbeh laments ‘extremely disturbing’ delay clearing Nigeria’s agricultural products for exports

“It has been brought to our notice that cashew nuts worth 300 million dollars destined for export to Vietnam have been stuck in Lagos,” Audu Ogbeh says.

Cashew nuts used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nuts.com]

Nigeria to set up cashew processing plants in four states — Ogbeh

Mr Ogbeh said the move would also reduce the waste of cashew fruits and delay in the export of raw nuts out of the country.

Cattle on farm [Photo: View Point Nigeria]

Why Nigeria cannot export animal products – Expert

The President of the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association says Nigeria needs to move away from the traditional livestock farms

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh

Nigeria to eliminate chemical fertilisers – Ogbeh

The minister says Nigeria will gradually turn to organic fertilisers.

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Early rains boost prospects for rice production – Nigerian farmers

The boost increases the likelihood of lower import by the country as Nigeria’s rice importation figures kept reducing since 2015.