News Report

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Four Nigerian firms begin local production of milk

An official says four other companies have shown interest in operating dairy farms.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

CBN, Nigerian governors ‘agree to develop agric sector’ – Official

Mr Emefiele used the meeting to highlight some of the achievements of the CBN in the various sub-sectors of the economy.

Cattle used to illustrate the story.

Nigeria to spend N100 billion on new plan for cattle, other animals

The federal government adopts the National Livestock Transformation Plan, and will contribute N80 billion.

Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni

Governor Buni: Why we organised Yobe Agric summit

Governor Buni says ”it was high time Yobe state began to take its rich agricultural potential to the next level”.

Aliko Dangote

Dangote firm optimistic FG’s import restriction will aid operations

Mr Dangote wants the government to enforce its decision to cut the importation of tomato-paste to reduce dumping of subsidised paste.

Lake-Chad

Nigeria partners Niger, Chad on rehabilitation of Lake Chad Basin

The project includes the promotion of agroforestry and livestock development in the three participating countries.

Nigerian agricultural seed agency unveils five-year plan

The five-year plan aims at strengthening the agency to better regulate the sector in Nigeria.

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

How Nigeria can turn maize production to revenue spinner – DFID

The DFID established that maize is majorly cultivated by poor smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria, who are facing challenges.

World Bank

Neglect of agriculture cost Nigeria $10bn annually – World Bank Official

The World Bank senior economist says neglect of the agricultural sector has proven to be a disaster and calamity for the Nigerian economy.

Imported Beverages used to tell the story.[PHOTO CREDIT: Naira Metrics]

Beverages, baby food, other edibles that could be affected by Buhari’s Forex directive

The president said foreign currencies should no longer be provided by banks for importation of food items into Nigeria.

It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily - but cost is a huge factor. [Photo: The Conversation - Aleksandar Todorovic]

Why living in poor country means you have bad food choices

The main food system problem for consumers in poor countries is the high price of healthy foods.

AFEX decries declining cocoa yields in Nigeria

Mr Balogun said cocoa, if fully harnessed, would become the second largest foreign exchange earner for Nigeria next to crude oil

Fruits

We’ll strengthen research institutes for better seeds — Agriculture Minister

Mr Nanono said the institutes are the engine room of growth in the agricultural sector.

Electric poles and a transformer...of no use.

Abuja’s abandoned communities where residents live without basic amenities

“No road, no water, no electricity, no hospital…We are just in the FCT but we have no benefit. Politicians only come during campaigns for elections.”

Elephant (Photo credit: trueactivist.com)

Nigeria down to 300 elephants — Conservationists

“Enhancing civic awareness and galvanising wide-ranging supports for the elephants are visibly the practical pathway to tow,” experts said.

A corn farm used to illustrate the story.

Grasshoppers ravage farms in Gombe

“The farms in those areas were completely ravaged because the incident was high and alarming, nothing was left for farmers”.

President Muhammadu Buhari at a Federal Executive Council meeting

Nanono takes charge at Nigeria’s agriculture ministry

The official confirmed his readiness to work with the staff to develop the sector.

Farm lands

What Nigeria must do to transform agricultural sector – IITA chief

The IITA chief visited the Oyo State Governor.

President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in new ministers on August 21

Buhari to CBN: We’ve achieved food security; no forex for food importation

The president says his administration has achieved food security.

How to tap opportunities in Nigeria’s agricultural value chain – Experts

The summit was organised by a market systems development programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Maize

USAID to facilitate $300m investment in five crops in seven Nigerian states

According to USAID, the programme will reach at least 5,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Head, Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO), Mr Kelvin Uwaibi (right), addressing stakeholders at the Okomu Smallholder Farm Development Project organised in collaboration with ESIPO and Terra Agriculture, in Benin City, Edo State.

5000 hectares oil palm project set for Edo

The coordinator said the project would promote complete value chain development of oil palm business in the state.

Food sellers

Nigeria’s quarantine agency denies foodstuff dealers’ extortion allegations

Food vendors had accused officials of the agency of extorting them at control posts

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

FG to Set Up Cassava Processing Plants in Arochukwu

The programme, which was initiated by the FIIRO, has already trained farmers in Abia on modern processing of cassava.

World Bank

21,000 Nigerians to benefit from $200m World Bank agribusiness initiative

The six states slated to benefit from the project are Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Kogi, Enugu and Cross River.