News Report

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Nigeria Seeks US Partnership In Agriculture

The minister said there is an on-going four-year strategic programme in the agricultural sector such as the introduction of mechanized farming to align the country with international best practices.

Section of the Notore fertiliser plant

Notore begins Turn Around Maintenance of plant

A disclosure sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange said that the TAM is aimed at returning the company’s operating plant to its 1,500MTPD and 500,000MTPA nameplate production capacity.

Poultry farm used to illustrate the story.

Border closure saves Nigeria’s poultry industry N50 billion – Official

The multiplier effect of the border closure has also reflected on the upsurge in the operations along the value chain, he said.

Akinwunmi Adesina

What AfDB is doing to support Africa’s growth, development – Adesina

Bank expects electricity grids of 14 ECOWAS countries to be connected by 2020.

NITDA

NITDA partners DFID on smart agriculture projects

NITDA said the jobs will be created through the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture project.

University of Ilorin lecturer builds rice harvesters, locust bean processors

Joshua Olaoye’s other designs include melon shelling, cowpea threshing and sugarcane juice extracting machines.

Cattle used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria Customs takes precautionary measure as cattle disease hits Niger Republic

Nigeria routinely imports sheep and cattle from neighbouring Niger Republic

Catfish farmers want permanent closure of Nigeria’s land borders

“If the borders are our problem despite the presence of control posts and officers paid to man such posts, let it be closed for eternity.”

Mrs Victoria Uzo Selling Ugu at Karimo Market.

Abuja vegetable farmers lament destruction of crops, lack of seedlings

While the perennial herders-farmers crisis has subsided in recent months, vegetable farmers in the federal capital say the problem remains and complain about the lack of attention from the government.

Bank of Agriculture[PHOTO CREDIT: von.gov.ng]

Why Nigeria’s Bank of Agriculture is still in distress – Minister

“If you are to sell the Bank of Agriculture now, you have to look at some portfolios.”

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

APC Senator criticises Central Bank of Nigeria’s operations

The senator also asks the CBN to transfer the Anchor Borrowers Programme to the agriculture ministry.

Rice farm

Rice farmers urge Nigerian govt to sustain border closure

“The border closure is a right step in the right direction because it is already increasing wealth among farmers.”

Tijani and Yusufa in their hovel on the cattle farm. Like other children, they spend nights there with cows

Child Labour: After Premium Times’ investigation, FrieslandCampina appoints UK firm for social audit

The company said it is committed to “preventing and eliminating” child labour in its supply chain based on relevant local and international laws and conventions.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

UPDATED: NLTP: Nigerian government turning grazing reserves into ranches

141 of the 416 grazing reserves across Nigeria with a total of 3.4 million hectares of land have been gazetted for the exercise, says an official.

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

CBN’s intervention in agriculture, manufacturing saved Nigeria N1.3 trillion in import bills – Official

CBN says its intervention in agriculture and manufacturing is targeted at improving local production of rice, fish, sugar and wheat.

Women are cultivating water leaves in Esin Ufot, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, on May 12th, 2014.

Nigerian government trains women farmers in financial literacy

80 women picked from across the six geo-political zones are p[articipating in the project.

Herdsmen

FAO partners Nigerian govt to fight antibiotic resistance in animals

The global agency announced this on Tuesday in Abuja.

Philip Idinoba, AfricaRice

INTERVIEW: Why local rice costs as much as imported rice — Expert

A senior rice specialist at the Africa Rice Centre explains what the government can do to reduce cost.

Donkeys

Why I sponsored bill to protect Nigerian donkeys — Lawmaker

The donkey bill was passed by the House on Thursday.

Two Nigerian innovators shortlisted for Africa Prize

The 16-strong shortlist was announced today in Cape Town, South Africa.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

How African farmers can tap into billion-dollar agro-business chain – Experts

The experts said Africa needs to treat agriculture as a business.

Bags of rice

Border closure: Rice millers make brisk businesses in Gombe

President Muhammadu Buhari had on August 28 at the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7) in Japan said the closure was due to massive smuggling activities, especially of rice at the country’s borders.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

African ministers strategize on adapting agriculture to Climate Change

The Declaration was made Tuesday at the 2nd Ministerial Conference of the Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative (AAA)

Rice Farmers Photo Credit: Agro Nigeria

Border Closure: Nigerian rice farmers smiling to the bank – Minister

The minister said the measure has created more jobs, not only in rice production but also livestock and other commodities

Customs intercept bags of foreign rice

Price of rice will soon drop across Nigeria – Gov. Bagudu

“The bumper harvest the rice farmers have recorded this rainy season will bring down the price…”